enezuelan opposition leader Juan Guido on Tuesday called for a military uprising in the country against President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, while the government said it was facing a military coup in a political crisis that has gripped the country for months.
In a videotape inside an air base in the capital, Caracas, showing him surrounded by soldiers, Guido pledged to end Maduro’s six-year rule and said it was time to do so.
It appears that the video was picked up at dawn on Tuesday, at La Carlotta, the main military air base in the capital, Carcasses.
Guido said in the three-minute recording that the soldiers who will be on the streets will act to protect Venezuela’s constitution, Reuters reported.
The video showed dozens of soldiers surrounding the opposition leader and his assistant Leopoldo Lopez.
Lopez was under house arrest for leading an anti-Maduro government campaign in 2014.
Guido, who has appointed himself president of Venezuela several months ago, has urged citizens to go to the streets to peacefully protest Maduro’s rule, which many accuse of flooding the country in a political and economic crisis.
Guido made his remarks one day before a planned march against Maduro’s government.
“The people of Venezuela, it is necessary to go out to the streets to support democracy and restore our freedom,” Guido said, calling on residents of the capital to go to the air base where the video was recorded. .
“The armed forces have made the right decision, they can count on the support of the Venezuelan people and support our Constitution.”
Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez told Twitter that the government was facing a small group of military personnel seeking to encourage the coup against the Maduro government.
Venezuela’s armed forces are seen as the decisive element in the country’s ongoing political conflict.
During the months of the crisis, Maduro was keen to inspect military units in an attempt to show support for him.