The self-proclaimed Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaidó wants to win the power struggle with the head of state, Nicolás Maduro on the road.

For next week was announced to be the leader of the opposition, a further large-scale demonstration. “We go back on the road. The path is clear: the end of the Usurpation, the transition government, free elections,” he said on Friday at a rally in Caracas in front of the jubilant supporters.

The Parliament-in-chief had on Wednesday declared himself the transitional head of state and President, Nicolás Maduro, denied the legitimacy of. The United States and many Latin American countries recognized the President immediately as the legitimate head of state. However, Maduro can still count on the armed forces. Guaidó the military called on Friday to support the Opposition. “Soldiers, take the side of the Venezuelan people.”

His followers he exhorted to unity. “The Regime wants to sow doubt and drive a wedge between us, but we are stronger than ever before,” he said. “Venezuela is waking up to make his dream a reality. There’s nobody here.”

To be negotiations with Maduro’s socialist government, he is only under certain conditions. “For a wrong dialogue no one is available,” he said. “It is only discussed about the end of the unlawful usurpation of Power and free elections.” Maduro has renewed its offer of talks. “I am ready for dialogue,” he said. “I’m a man of my word.”

Mexico had previously offered to mediate in the crisis in Venezuela. Would first ask the parties to the conflict a corresponding application, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The talks on a peaceful solution to the power struggle could take place also in Mexico.

the anti-government protests to at least 29 people were in the past few days, the loss of life, such as the Observatory for social conflict (OVCS) reported. According to the human rights organisation Foro Penal 369 demonstrators were arrested. Guaidó the government’s opponents called for, to not get discouraged: “maybe you can cut a flower but not the spring stop.”

The United States requested for Saturday an emergency meeting of the UN security Council to Venezuela. Federal foreign Minister Heiko Maas has not supported the request, but went from rapid results. “It will only be the start of the referral to the security Council,” he said in New York. Germany is since 1. January for two years, one of the ten temporary members of the UN security Council.

Maduro announced plans to send its foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, the meeting in New York. “We welcome the debate in the UN security Council, to condemn the interference of imperialism in Venezuela open to the public. We are ready,” wrote Maduro on Twitter.

Meanwhile, appointed US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo of the controversial diplomat Elliott Abrams as special envoy for the crisis in Venezuela. The 71-Year-old was involved in the Iran-Contra affair and should have rubber-stamped the coup attempt against Venezuela’s former leader Hugo Chávez. “We fight against the attempt of a coup d’état, supervised by the U.S. Empire that wants to install a puppet government,” said Maduro.

The Federal government considered the recognition of Guaidós it’s not going to come as a transitional head of state, if fast to free and fair elections. “Venezuela now needs free and fair elections. The Federal government speaks in the context of the forthcoming EU consultations, Juan Guaidó as interim President of the country not to recognize, unless it comes immediately to such free and fair elections,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

such A step would be for the Federal government is unusual. “Actually, we recognise that in Germany, only States and not governments. But this is a special case and, therefore, we reserve the also,” said Federal foreign Minister Maas in the ZDF”heute journal”. It will now arrive first, what do Maduro. “There’s Talk that are probably not meant to be serious. And that is why the international community must now increase the pressure,” said the SPD politician.

Venezuela has about 30 million inhabitants, has long been in a deep political and economic crisis. Many government opponents are in prison or life in exile. Due to a shortage of foreign exchange, the once-rich country is hardly a food you can import, medicines and things of daily needs. Around three million Venezuelans have already fled abroad.

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