The opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for a protest in Caracas on Tuesday, July 23. He did not immediately announce a time or location. Several thousand people participated in a similar protest in the capital on Saturday, July 20. Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected near all protest sites and clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out. Further protests in the coming days and weeks are also likely.
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 and their home governments, keep battery-operated devices fully charged when possible due to periodic power outages, 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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