Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday called for a military uprising to oust acting President Nicolas Maduro, in a video posted alongside soldiers and opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, who is under house arrest.
Guaido, the self-declared president and leader of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, said in a three-minut-video that the “final phase” had begun to end Maduro’s “usurpation” of the constitution.
“The national armed forces have taken the correct decision, and they are counting on the support of the Venezuelan people,” he said from the Caracas air base La Carlota, adding that he had met with military units.
Mr Lopez, a leading opposition figure, wrote on Twitter that he had been released from house arrest by the military under the constitutional orders of Guaido.
“This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren’t,” said Lopez in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading anti-government protests. “Everyone should come to the streets, in peace.”