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Guaidó’s Supporters and Maduro’s Forces Clash in Second Day of Venezuelan Protests

Guaidó’s Supporters and Maduro’s Forces Clash in Second Day of Venezuelan Protests by Anthony Faiola, Mariana Zuñiga and Mary Beth Sheridan – Washington Post

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó brought thousands of demonstrators into the streets of the Venezuelan capital to confront tear-gas firing security forces Wednesday as the opposition sought to regroup and regain momentum in the campaign to oust President Nicolás Maduro after a failed effort to ignite a military uprising a day earlier.

 

“If the regime thought we had reached our maximum level of pressure, they were wrong,” Guaidó told several thousand supporters in the middle-class El Marques neighborhood of eastern Caracas. “Let’s keep up the pressure in the streets. The end is around the corner!”

 

Yet the chaotic events of the day before — which began with Guaidó’s calling for a peaceful insurrection by the military and ended with few takers and Maduro still in the presidential palace — left opposition supporters grappling with a sense of a pivotal moment lost. Many in the ranks remained resolute after a day of violence that left one man dead, dozens injured and more detained. But there were also strains of confusion and disappointment…

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