Venezuela: Thousands rally in Caracas in support of Maduro

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Published on 24 Jan 2019, 12:04
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Pro-government protesters took to the streets of Caracas on Wednesday, in support of President Nicolas Maduro after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela.

Supporters of Maduro marched through the streets with Venezuelan flags, while chanting slogans for President Maduro and chanting 'yankee' to go home.

Maduro condemned the decision of the US, Brazil, Canada and other countries to recognise Guaido as Venezuela’s acting president and announced that Venezuela would sever all diplomatic ties with Washington.

Speaking from the presidential palace Maduro slammed "international media" for as he put it, manipulating the people of Venezuela.

Pro- and anti-government protests erupted in the city after Guaido, who is also the head of the National Assembly, declared Maduro's January 10 inauguration illegitimate, and announced himself interim president of Venezuela.

Long-time allies of the current, revolutionary government of Venezuela, Russia and China have voiced their support for Maduro.

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