Buenos Aires, Jan 28 : Juan Guaido, the head of the opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly who declared himself the country's interim president, called on his supporters on Monday to take part in new rallies scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday.
"On Wednesday, a mass public demonstration will be held, and I call on the people of Venezuela to take to the streets," Guaido said in a video address that he posted on Twitter. The opposition leader added that another rally would be held on Saturday. He also said that the protests aimed to promote respect for human rights in the country, to put an end to usurpation of power, and also to ensure possibility to receive humanitarian assistance.
Last Monday, mass protest actions started across Venezuela and lasted for several days. On Tuesday, the situation escalated as the National Assembly declared that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had usurped power. On the following day, Guaido declared himself the country's interim president.
Maduro claims that Washington has been orchestrating an anti-government coup in the country.
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