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Juan Guaidó calls for protests at military bases in Venezuela

Venezuelan Opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Thursday called for peaceful demonstrations at Army bases, days after a military uprising in support of his bid to oust President Nicolás Maduro fizzled out.

The latest appeal came after Mr. Maduro called on the armed forces of the crisis-wracked nation to oppose “any coup plotter”.

In a tweet, Mr. Guaidó asked supporters to gather for peaceful demonstrations on Saturday at military bases in a bid to get soldiers to “support the Constitution”.

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s Supreme Court ordered the re-arrest of influential Opposition figure Leopoldo López — who made a dramatic appearance alongside Mr. Guaidó on Tuesday after he was freed from house arrest.

Mr. López has since taken refuge at the Spanish Embassy. Madrid has said it would not hand Mr. López over to Venezuelan authorities.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview that Washington has “lots of options.”. “There’s always a tipping point” for military intervention, he said, while adding: “I’d rather not do that.”

Source: thehindu.com

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