Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has called for nationwide rallies to take place on Saturday, May 11, to maintain pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign and to denounce recent crackdowns by groups loyal to President Nicolás Maduro's targeting opposition national assembly deputies. Protesters are expected to gather at 10:00 (local time) in urban centres across the country, with the most prominent demonstration expected to take place in the capital Caracas. A heightened security presence is expected throughout the country, particularly in Caracas. Clashes between security forces and opposition supporters are possible.
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 others wounded after the protests carried over into Wednesday, May 1. Venezuelan intelligence agents loyal to Maduro have since then launched a crackdown against opposition politicians allegedly involved in the uprising.
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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