The head of the education sector in Venezuela has called for a nationwide teachers' strike in opposition of low wages granted by President Nicolas Maduro's government from Tuesday, October 22, through Wednesday, October 23.
Associated protests are planned, though times and locations were not immediately available. Protests should therefore be expected throughout major urban cities across the country, though especially in Caracas. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó stated he will protest with the teachers. Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be expected near all protests. Clashes between protesters and police cannot be ruled out.
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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