Impatience Swells as Venezuelans Protest Maduro in Caracas Again
The fight for the future of Venezuela re-opened Saturday on the streets of its capital, with electricity flickering in-and-out around the country for most of the last three days. Juan Guaido, the challenger to President Nicolas Maduro, brought thousands of supporters to the streets of Caracas, though fewer showed up than in late January after the National Assembly he heads proclaimed him interim president.
More than 50 nations, including the U.S., support Guaido as president and want Maduro, the autocratic heir to Chavismo, gone.
And yet even among the determined crowds who ignored the lack of public transportation and scuffled with police, there seemed to be an air of impatience throughout the country, some of it with Guaido, who appears to have lost momentum in a struggle that may not be short.
“This government is annihilating us and Guaido doesn’t dare to ask for military intervention,” said Jorge Uzcategui, a 34-year-old engineer. “There is no other way out, the armed forces support Maduro, they don’t care about the people suffering.” Guaido responded by asking for calm.
Some power was restored on Friday night, only to go out again on Saturday morning. Food started to rot in a country that is starving.
Meantime, Maduro emerged from two days out of public view. He initially blamed sabotage, likely American, for knocking out the electricity. But there wasn’t even fuel for generators, and the president drew a small crowd.
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