Venezuela’s Lopez: ‘I am not afraid of Maduro’

Venezuelan influential opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez, who in 2014 was imprisoned after calling for protests against President Nicolas Maduro and has been ordered re-arrested, tells reporters, “I am not afraid of Maduro”. SOUNDBITE

What To Know About The Attempted Coup In Venezuela (HBO)

Violent clashes broke out between protesters and the military in Caracas Tuesday after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó launched what he said was the final phase in his plan to depose embattled President Nicolás Maduro.

Guaidó’s attempted coup could do just that — or it could mark the latest, and perhaps last, failed attempt by an opposition movement that enjoys significant international backing but has struggled to gather the widespread support in the military it needs to wrest control of the country.

“Today, brave soldiers, brave patriots, brave men devoted to the constitution have heeded our call. We’ve also heeded the call, and we have found ourselves in the streets of Venezuela once and for all,” Guaidó said early Tuesday from outside a military air base in eastern Caracas.

Hundreds of pro-opposition protesters and some armed forces responded, filling the streets in the opposition’s wealthy stronghold of eastern Caracas. Armed forces that defected to Guaidó’s side clashed with the national guard, and gunfire was reportedly exchanged.

The violent clashes soon spread, with pro-opposition protesters throwing stones, Molotov cocktails, and tear-gas canisters at soldiers loyal to Maduro. They were greeted by extreme force from the military: an armored truck was seen on video plowing into protesters as they threw objects at the vehicle. At least 50 people have been injured in the clashes, CNN reported, citing a hospital official in Caracas.

Guaidó and his mentor, the longtime opposition figure Leopoldo López, who’s been under house arrest since 2015, meanwhile, tried and failed to breach the city center, a well-known Maduro stronghold, Bloomberg reported. In a grim sign for the opposition, López then requested asylum at the Chilean embassy in Caracas. In a tweet, Chile’s foreign minister Roberto Ampuero confirmed Lopez’s arrival at the embassy.

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Venezuela’s Guaido addresses crowd alongside Leopoldo Lopez

Venezuelan opposition leader Juaido Guaido and opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez, who was released from house arrest, address supporters in the Venezuelan capital after the crisis-wrecked country was plunged into heightened chaos after Guaido said he had the support of troops to oust President Nicolas Maduro, while the government denounced what it called an attempted coup. IMAGES

Guaido calls for military uprising in Venezuela

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Maduro Forces Are “Killing Us” Says Wife Of Detained Opposition Leader (HBO)

Overnight in Venezuela, two opposition leaders, Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, were abducted from their homes in brazen raids by police, just two days after President Nicolas Maduro consolidated power in heavily disputed national elections.
It’s exactly the sort of state-sanctioned political suppression many feared would come to pass if Maduro no longer had any checks against him.

VICE founder Suroosh Alvi speaks to Lilian Lopez, Leopoldo Lopez’s wife.

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VICE News Daily: Al Shabaab Strikes Back in New Somali Attack

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: four al Shabaab militants are killed while attacking a Somali government building, poisoned alcohol kills at least 94 in Mumbai, migrants gathering in Calais try to make their way to England, and Venezuela’s jailed opposition members are on hunger strike.

SOMALIA
Militants Killed in Raid on Intelligence Agency
Four al Shabaab fighters detonated a car bomb and tried shooting their way into the government building.

INDIA
Toxic Moonshine Kills 94 in Mumbai Slums
Industrial methanol which can be poisonous is sometimes used to increase the alcohol content.

FRANCE
UK-Bound Migrants Gather in Calais
Asylum-seekers attempt to jump on the backs of trucks bound for England.

VENEZUELA
Protesters Seek Release of Political Opposition Leader
Leopoldo Lopez is serving a 15-month sentence in connection with protests that left dozens dead in 2014.

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