Maduro calls on armed groups to actively resist

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls for active resistance in the political crisis gripping Venezuela. Opposition leader Juan Guaido promises to not “allow a tragedy like this to normalize” after announcing a “state of alarm” at the National Assembly legislature.

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Venezuela’s opposition-dominated National Assembly declares a state of “national alarm” over the “general calamity” caused by a blackout that has now lasted four days. IMAGES

Venezuela’s Guaido to call for national state of emergency

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido announces that he will ask the National Assembly to declare a national state of emergency in the country, following a crippling power outage and mounting protests. SOUNDBITE

What Venezuelan Expats Think About The Country’s Political Crisis

More than 3.4 million people have fled Venezuela since 2014. Those who remain grapple with food and medicine shortages as President Nicolás Maduro refuses to give up his authoritarian regime and let humanitarian aid into the country.

In January, Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó challenged Maduro and declared himself interim president, as Venezuela’s constitution allows the head of National Assembly party to do. Once unknown, the 35-year-old has now gained the support of many Venezuelans and 65 foreign countries, including the U.S., Canada and U.K. He returned to Venezuela Monday after a trip abroad to rally support from the international community.

Venezuelans expats, however, appear split on how Guaidó should use his role as interim president — and whether he should support U.S. involvement in the conflict.

“What is happening in Venezuela is affecting all the region,” Alejandra Escobar, 38, said. ”U.S. needs to take a leading role in this, not just because it’s the strategic thing to do, but because it’s a moral issue.”

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