Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro warned in a speech Thursday that his regime would begin a “rectification” of the socialist Bolivarian revolution in response to President Juan Guaidó claiming control of the military.
Maduro’s declaration follows multiple reports of excessive violence at the hands of security forces on Wednesday, as they were forced to react against civilians energized by Guaidó’s claim of a partial military revolt.
Security forces mostly used tear gas and rubber bullets to push back the protesters.
Addressing soldiers at the National Armed Forces Military Academy in Fort Tiuna on Wednesday, Maduro praised the armed forces for sticking by him and his regime despite some sections of the military joining the opposition.
Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that, contrary to his public declarations, Maduro was ready to step down as President and take a flight to Cuba until the Russian government urged him to stay and fight on.
Convoqué a una gran jornada de diálogo, acción y propuesta para el próximo sábado #4May y domingo #5May. El Congreso Bolivariano de los Pueblos, el @PartidoPSUV y todos los niveles de gobierno, elaborarán un Plan de Cambio y Rectificación de la Revolución. ¡Avancemos! pic.twitter.com/VGya0jhBjo
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 2, 2019
— Viva la UCV (@VivaLaUCV) May 1, 2019