Street protests by opposition supporters declined on Thursday, May 2, despite calls from opposition leader Juan Guaidó to rally nationwide. Demonstrations occurred in Caracas but according to media reports, many of the participants went home by Thursday afternoon (local time). National Guard soldiers reportedly fired tear gas to eventually disperse the remaining demonstrators. Later, on Thursday night, Guaidó called for permanent, daily protests throughout the country as well strikes on Friday, May 3. He also called for a national mobilization on Saturday, May 4, and vigils and prayers for the protesters who have died on Sunday, May 5. However, it is unclear how many people will join in the strikes and protests.
President Nicolás Maduro issued a televised address on Thursday surrounded by military officials, claiming that he has the support of soldiers despite claims that some high-ranking officers were willing to join the opposition. A heightened security presence is expected throughout the country, particularly in Caracas, in the coming days. Further clashes between security forces and opposition supporters are possible if additional demonstrations are held.
Violent protests broke out across Venezuela on Tuesday, April 30, after Guaidó called for a military uprising to oust Maduro. Fighting was particularly heavy near Generalísmo Francisco de Miranda Air Base in Caracas. At least one person was killed and over 100 other wounded after the protests carried over into Wednesday, May 1.
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.
Individuals in Venezuela are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, keep battery-operated devices fully charged when possible due to periodic power outages, remain vigilant for criminal behavior and avoid conspicuous displays of wealth, refrain from discussing political topics on social media or in public, and avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest. Travelers flying near Venezuela are advised to maintain flexible itineraries.
The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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