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The last days, Venezuela has lived a few days of tension and, both official and opposition, have left to march in the different cities of the country
Weeks ago, Juan Guaidó had made a public call to the opposition to go for May 1 on the occasion of International Workers' Day. However, the mobilizations were advanced from the previous day, April 30, when Leopoldo López was released from detention with the help of Guaidó and agents of the Armed Forces.
Leer en español: Lo que deja hasta ahora la Operación Libertad
On the night of April 30, after a day of high tension, interim president Guaidó uploaded a video to his social networks inviting the Venezuelans to continue fighting against the Nicolás Maduro regime.
The day passed with thousands of Venezuelans walking in the streets, both the militants of the government and the opposition. During the two days, attacks with tear gas from the Bolivarian National Guard against the demonstrators were reported. This ended, according to the balance of the NGO Observatory of Conflicts, with more than 130 injured and two dead.
Everything that happened in the previous days is based on what the opposition has called Operation Freedom, which began with the liberation of political leader Leopoldo López. The great mobilization has been given with the hope that every day, more members of the Armed Forces will continue to move away from the Maduro regime. In public words of Lopez, these days have been full of happiness and emotion of Venezuelans, but it is a slow process and encouraged people to continue on the streets.
Meanwhile, Nicolás Maduro called all this a coup, although the opposition, which the legitimate government proclaims, denied it. Maduro has also stated, denouncing that what is happening in Venezuela today is due to a plan from the United States. The leader also called his followers to take to the streets during the following days to demonstrate that the regime, according to him, legitimate, is still valid.
What these days of demonstrations leave
After the protests of a polarized country, the media and journalism were among the most affected. According to the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, "at least three media outlets were taken off the air, and 14 journalists were shot, beaten or robbed, among other aggressions, while they were carrying out their work." The affected channels were CNN and BBC, were taken off the television grid, and the radio station, Radio Caracas Radio was, after 89 years, removed from the air.
Besides, they leave several questions about the truth of what happens internally and politically. On the one hand, members of the Government of the United States have said at a press conference that some soldiers close to the regime, such as Vladimir Padrino, Minister of Defense, were in talks with the United States to get away from Nicolás Maduro, although, in the end, they regretted it. However, this information has not been corroborated and questions about the integrity of this, according to the dialogue in the working table of The W.
On the other hand, it was also speculated that Nicolás Maduro was ready to leave the country at dawn on April 30, possibly directed towards Cuba in a situation of political asylum. But that, by the pressure of Russia, did not board the plane. However, according to information provided by the correspondent in Venezuela of La W, Juan Guiadó has no information about this and is investigating. So the theory is no more than an assumption.
LatinAmerican Post | Juliana Suárez
Translated from "Lo que deja hasta ahora la Operación Libertad"