Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has called for a rally at Plaza de Los Palos Grandes in Caracas on Wednesday, August 7. The demonstration comes amid the one-year anniversary of the arrest of National Assembly deputy Juan Requesens and to denounce other political detentions by the President Nicolás Maduro regime.
Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected near the rally site. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out. Further protests in the coming days and weeks are also likely.
Juan Requesens, a Deputy in the opposition-controlled National Assembly, was a leader of an anti-government student movement who was arrested in August 2018. Requesens remains in custody and has yet to face trial.
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, 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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