A few hours after the massive marches began on January 23 in Venezuela, a group of protesters, opposed to the government of Nicolas Maduro, burned a statue of former President Hugo Chávez Frías in San Felix, Bolívar state. The images of the ex-governor burning monument were broadcast on social networks. Some users celebrated the action of the Protestants, describing the event as the “sign of the fall of Chavism”.
According to Venezuelan media, the protests and the known against Maduro also extended to the states of Guárico, Mérida, Sucre, Anzoátegui, Carabobo, Aragua and Vargas. In Cotiza, where on Monday there was an uprising of a small group of uniformed officers against the president, there were also protests.
In Caracas, meanwhile, there were about two dozen protests of this type, although no vandalism was reported. Some of the demonstrations extended until the early hours of Wednesday, the day on which citizens are summoned to the streets by both the opposition and the ruling party.
The Venezuelan opposition will march on Wednesday to demand that the “usurpation” of power cease by President Nicolás Maduro, who will mobilize his followers against what he denounces as an ongoing coup d’état orchestrated by Washington.
Although the authorities have not ruled on the demonstrations in San Felix, the images show security bodies trying to dissuade the protests, firing in some cases tear gas.
Today is a key day in the crisis that Venezuela is experiencing. After Juan Guadió took office as president of the National Assembly (AN), the only body in the hands of the opposition, and said he was ready to assume the Presidency of the country, tension grew in the country.
Guaido called popular assemblies with the intention of defining a plan “To get Maduro out of power,” as the opposition declared him “usurper” on January 10 when he assumed a second term, emanating from last year’s questioned elections. It may interest you: The day that crossed the destinies of Chávez and Guaidó.
A call that according to analysts echoes among the population, tired of inflation, lack of food and medicine and migration. Thousands of families have had to separate due to the crisis. It is estimated that 5,000 Venezuelans migrate daily from their country to other destinations in the region, mainly Colombia.