Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:51 WIB |
Canada will host an "urgent" meeting of the Lima Group to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela, the Canadian foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, announced Monday.
The group, which includes Canada and 13 Latin American countries, will convene on February 4 in Ottawa to discuss how to support opposition leader Juan Guiado, who declared himself interim leader of Venezuela despite disputed President Nicolas Maduro's victory in 2018 elections that were widely boycotted and believed to have been rigged.
Guaido has called for demonstrations for two days this week in his latest bid to bring the country's military to his side and away from Maduro.
First, Guaido called on Venezuelans to mount a peaceful, two-hour, midday protest Wednesday "to demand that the armed forces side with the people."
Guaido also asked his supporters to be "in every corner" of the nation and around the globe and take to the streets this coming Saturday, a move that coincides with a European Union deadline for announcing a new election.
Guaido is offering amnesty to soldiers who back democracy and reject the current Maduro government.
Source : VOA