Venezuela's Guaido in talks with unions to call public sector strike

Venezuela's Guaido in talks with unions to call public sector strike

Venezuela's Guaido in talks with unions to call public sector strike

Hyperinflation has obliterated salaries and savings, while 2.7 million people have fled the country since 2015, according to a United Nations estimate.

Guaido's attempt to bring humanitarian aid to Venezuelans suffering from food and medicine shortages was prevented by the army on the Colombian and Brazilian borders.

The comments come a day after the Trump administration ramped up sanctions to pressure Maduro to leave office and allow Juan Guaidó, an opposition leader the us and other world powers recognize as Venezuela's interim president, to take power.

Maduro must decide whether to arrest Guaido for defying a travel ban - thereby provoking strong global condemnation - or allow him to enter undisturbed, which would undermine his own authority, analysts say.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has accused the USA of trying to intervene in the Latin American country militarily, urging the UN Security Council to reject any use of force against the country.

"What is happening in Venezuela is affecting all the region", Alejandra Escobar, 38, said. After his return to Venezuela, Guaido called a new round of anti-government protests for Saturday.

"They thought the pressure had reached its zenith, but it's only just beginning", Guaido told reporters.

Earlier, Venezuela's Supreme Court prohibited Guaido from leaving the country, but he managed to escape.

He has vowed to set up a transitional government and hold new elections.

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Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January 10, when Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition. Abrams reportedly called on "Maurer" to block the Venezuelan government's assets in a nonexistent Swiss bank that the prank callers mentioned.

Earlier on Tuesday, Washington's top envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said imposing USA secondary sanctions against non-U.S. citizens or entities tied to the Maduro government was "clearly a possibility", although he said a decision had not been made on taking such a step.

The United States has already imposed sanctions on Venezuela's vital oil sector and announced asset freezes and travel bans targeting top government officials.

Guaido and his backers say Maduro's re-election a year ago was invalid, making the legislative leader interim president. He did not say when the strikes would be held.

"We're not going to collaborate any longer with the dictatorship, " Guaido said after a meeting at the offices of an engineers' association in Caracas.

"The moment has come and our call, our request, and our complete support for public employees, is to bring about this strike", Guaido said after meeting with state workers.

Backed by China and Russia, Maduro insists he is the only legitimate president.

Guaido, who left Venezuela last month despite a court order banning him from foreign travel, visited Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Ecuador. Maduro retains control of state institutions and the loyalty of senior figures in the armed forces.

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