By Eric Tataw – Monday January 28, 2019.
Venezuela has received a clear warning from United States of America. US has said, any threats against American diplomats or the opposition leader of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó would not be tolerated. US National Security Adviser, John Bolton handed down this warning through his Twitter, Sunday January 27, 2019.
“Any violence and intimidation against U.S. diplomatic personnel, Venezuela’s democratic leader, Juan Guaidó, or the National Assembly itself would represent a grave assault on the rule of law and will be met with a significant response. 2/2”, John Bolton tweeted. Bolton’s warning comes days after the US and over 20 other countries recognized Guaidó as Interim President of Venezuela.
Before now, US President, Donald Trump openly endorsed Guaidó. The citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime. Today, I have officially recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela, Trump tweeted.
Guaidó, the leader of the legislature, had declared himself acting president and said he would assume the powers of the executive branch from there onwards. He’s is now steady in his move to unseat President Nicolás Maduro and has gone on Twitter to call for anti-government protests on Wednesday and Saturday. Large protests were held in major streets in Venezuela after President Maduro’s swearing-in following boycott and allegations of electoral fraud by the opposition.
A good number of European countries including; Germany, Britain Spain and France warned
Canada and over more than a dozen
President Maduro had on Thursday ordered US envoys to depart Venezuela within 72 hours after US openly supported Guaidó. He was later spotted in a military event in Carabobo, the country’s Central State where he called for “union, discipline and cohesion” to faraway what he described as an “attempted coup d’etat” by Guaidó.
Although Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry instead allowed a 30-day widow for the two sides to set up “interest offices” in each other’s’ countries after announcing the withdrawal the expulsion order, the Trump Administration had earlier said it does not recognize Maduro’s authority to order its diplomats to leave.
Hyperinflation and shortages of basic amenities including food, water and drugs that have caused over three million of the country’s population to migrate made President Maduro unpopular. Maduro was re-elected to a second term last year with elections described as controversial. Many opposition candidates were barred from running or attempt running and get jailed. Christian Zerpa, the country’s Supreme Court Judge, told news organs the election “was not free and competitive” when he fled to the US.