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18 Nov 2019 | 06:35 AM UTC

Venezuela: Opposition calls for more protests November 18-21 /update 1

Venezuela News Alert

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó announces further mobilizations between November 18-21; transportation disruptions and heightened security expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/13/2019, 12:30 AM until 11/18/2019, 12:29 AM (America/Caracas). COUNTRY/REGION Northern Venezuela, Caracas

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Event

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has called for more protests against President Nicolás Maduro on Monday, November 18, through Thursday, November 21. Guaidó called on his supporters to take to the streets from 09:00 (local time) on Monday, although he did not immediately announce exact locations. Protests in Caracas, the capital, are likely to be the largest although other protests should be expected in major urban areas across the country.

A union representing nursing staff is due to lead a protest on Tuesday, November 19, while teachers are expected to hold a similar mass mobilization on Wednesday, November 20. However, organizers did not immediately release details regarding meeting times or locations. On Thursday, students are calling for a march to Fuerte Tiuna in Caracas to demand military support for the opposition movement. Organizers did not immediately announce an exact meeting time. 

Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be expected near all protests. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out. Counterprotests are possible. 

Context

Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing crisis spurred by President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10 following last year's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments, including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others, have since recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim head of state. Following mass opposition mobilizations on November 16 throughout Venezuela, Guaidó called for daily opposition protests to demand free elections. 

Advice

Individuals in Venezuela are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest, and anticipate localized disruptions and a heightened security presence.

The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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