Venezuela's uprising

By Rob Picheta, Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Joshua Berlinger, CNN

Updated 4:24 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019
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1:54 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

Opposition leader Juan Guaido is on the move

From CNN’s Vasco Cotovio

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and a group of opposition protestors, including Nicolás Maduro opponent Leopold Lopez, have left the Plaza Altamira in Caracas and are headed west towards the State of Miranda, his spokesperson tells CNN.

Their final destination is unclear.

For the time being, Miraflores, the presidential palace, is not the objective, he said.

"The objective is to advance," Guaido's spokesperson said.
1:54 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

Venezuelan opposition is not in talks with Maduro, Guaido rep says

From CNN’s Mick Krever

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has the support of the "middle and lower ranks" of the military, his US representative told CNN's Christiane Amanpour today.

"What you have seen is only a statement from the privileged elite of the army force. We have the support of the middle and lower ranks," diplomat Carlos Vecchio said.

He confirmed that Guaido's side has not had any negotiations with Maduro. 

"The only negotiation that we could have is just the exit of Maduro. The day and he hour and how," Vecchio said.

Vecchio denied that Guaido was leading a coup in Caracas, saying that he is "trying to do is restore democracy and the constitution."

"The coup has been implemented by Maduro, who is holding the power," he said.

Regarding Russia's presence in the country, he said: "Well, we have been very clear with Russians. This is a problem that has to be resolved by Venezuelans. And they cannot be part of this conflict. And they should remove all the military officers that they have in Venezuela." 

1:44 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

These are the two men at the center of this uprising

A violent uprising is underway in Venezuela, and it could determine the country's future.

At the center of the chaos is opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolás Maduro — both claim they are the country's true leader.

Here's what we know about Maduro and Guaido:

1:45 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

Military colonel shot during clashes with opposition, minister of defense says

From CNN’s Tatiana Arias

A military colonel was reportedly shot during clashes with the opposition on the Francisco Fajardo highway, Venezuela’s Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino tweeted.

“At the moment entering the operating room. I hold the opposition political leadership responsible,” Padrino tweeted in Spanish at 12:35 p.m. ET.  

1:38 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

Protesters chant "What do we want? Democracy!" outside Venezuelan embassy in Washington

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler

Demonstrators gathered today outside of the Venezuelan embassy in Georgetown in Washington, DC.

Dozens of demonstrators held Venezuelan flags and posters and shouted “Venezuelans want democracy, not another Cuba.” They chanted “What do we want? Democracy! When do we want it? Now!” as well as opposition leader Juan Guaido's name.

They also called on activist group Code Pink to leave the embassy, which it has occupied. The group opposes Guaido.

Some Code Pink activists stood outside and held signs saying “US hands off Venezuela.” They also sang “We shall not be moved."

1:18 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

Turkey and Cuba condemn violent uprising

From CNN’s Sarah Dean and Patrick Oppmann

Turkey and Cuba's foreign ministry leaders condemned Tuesday's attempted coup to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed his concerns about the uprising.

“Concerned about news that there are some attempts against the constitutional order in Venezuela. Oppose attempts to change legitimate governments via non-democratic means," Cavusoglu tweeted.

He called on people to “stand in favor of settling problems in the country through dialogue. Always with the people of Venezuela.”

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla tweeted that the country was standing in solidarity with Maduro.

12:59 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

UN Secretary General urges restraint and asks all to refrain from violence

From CNN's Richard Roth

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is watching developments in Venezuela “closely and with concern," spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

The UN is also reaching out to the parties, Dujarric said at the noon briefing Tuesday.

Dujarric said the Secretary General urges all sides to use maximum restraint and asks all stakeholders to refrain from violence and to restore calm.

“Contacts are being had at various levels with the United Nations,” concerning Venezuela, Dujarric said.

1:12 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

What you need to know about the uprising in Venezuela

Protesters have taken to the streets after the leader of Venezuela's opposition declared he was "beginning the final phase of Operation Freedom," promising to bring an end to the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Here's what you need to know:

  • What's led up to today: Opposition leader Juan Guaido — who declared himself interim president in January — has been recognized as Venezuela's leader by dozens of other countries and has led months of protest against Maduro's government.
  • Why today matters: Guaido gave a dawn address in which he was flanked by men in military fatigues and armored vehicles in the capital Caracas. It marked his boldest attempt yet to involve the military in the removal of the Venezuelan leader.
  • What Guaido has promised: The 35-year-old has promised a transitional government and free elections to end the rule of the socialist Maduro regime, which has overseen the once-wealthy oil nation's descent into economic collapse and a humanitarian crisis.
  • What Maduro is saying: "The situation is under control," Maduro's Communications Vice Minister Isbemar Jimenez told CNN on Tuesday. "All military garrisons support Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro."
12:24 p.m. ET, April 30, 2019

Russian officials say Venezuela opposition is attempting to "incite conflict"

From CNN’s Nathan Hodge and Mary Ilyushina

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday condemned Venezuela’s opposition for attempting to “incite conflict” after self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido called for an uprising to topple President Nicolás Maduro.

Read the ministry's statement:

"The radical opposition on Venezuela has once again turned to confrontation with the use of force. Instead of peaceful resolution of political disagreements a course was chosen that is aimed to incite conflict, provoking disruptions of public order, clashes involving the armed forces.
We urge to say no to violence. It’s important to avoid turmoil and bloodshed. Issues that Venezuela is facing right now must be resolved via a responsible process of talks without any preset conditions. Any action must be taken exclusively within the framework of the legal field, in full accordance with the constitution and without any destructive outside interference.
We confirm our principled position supporting political, civilized ways of resolving inner disagreements by the Venezuelans themselves. We appeal to all members on the international society, including the closest neighbors of this country, with an urge to confide their adherence to the UN Charter, norms and principles of the international law, support Venezuela's return onto a path of stable and incremental development through a dialogue that includes all responsible political powers within the country.  
We also view the objective reporting on the unfolding situation in Venezuela to be crucial. Media should not multiply fakes, turn into an obedient tool of agenda-driven political powers which are aiming to escalate the tensions in Venezuela."