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James Carafano: Venezuela is still carrying out Chavez’s strategy to poison America, but Trump can stop it

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Venezuela continues to go down the drain. As the world wonders how thuggish Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro manages to cling to power, we received a fresh reminder that the problems plaguing Venezuelans started long before him.

It was Hugo Chávez, Maduro’s predecessor and mentor, who set Venezuela on the road to ruin almost two decades ago. We have also learned that, as part of that journey, Chávez initiated a campaign to flood the United States with cocaine. That’s just one more reason why the Trump administration must keep pressing to rid the Western Hemisphere of Chavismo.

U.S. federal prosecutors have claimed that, shortly before his death from cancer, Chávez directed his top lieutenants to work in tandem with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to weaken the U.S. via an epidemic of drugs. With Chávez’s backing, the guerillas became a major producer of hard drugs, distributing them to Latin American cartels and splitting the profits with el presidente and his cronies.

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Chávez’s handpicked successor, Maduro, inherited his criminal enterprise as well as the presidency. Today, it’s not just the support of China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba that keeps Maduro in power — it’s his criminal network and the cash it provides.

There is little doubt that the unholy alliance between the Venezuelan regime and FARC is still in operation. Recently, FARC guerrilla commander Luciano Marin — a key figure in the peace talks with Colombia — renounced the peace deal he helped broker and declared he was taking up arms again.

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Guess where he has been operating. If you said “Venezuela,” go to the head of the class. Maduro has declared that Marin and another guerrilla commander were “leaders of peace who would be welcomed in Venezuela.”

The documents filed by federal prosecutors were not public before this month. But the Trump administration has long labeled Maduro a de facto drug lord. One of the officials cited by prosecutors, Diosdado Cabello, was already under sanctions for trafficking and money laundering.

And it is not just the U.S. that suffers from the regime’s drug war on us. Colombia, Panama and several Caribbean states, have to deal with the debilitating influence of criminal cartels — their violence, mayhem and corrupting riches. Meanwhile, the entire region struggles under the responsibility of caring for the millions of Venezuelans who have fled from Maduro’s despotic and economically ruinous rule.

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Maduro has dug in deeper than an Alabama tick, but that shouldn’t deter the U.S. from continuing its campaign to isolate, punish, and hopefully convince the strongman to finally let go and let the people of Venezuela have a future.

When Ambassador John Bolton left as national security adviser, many assumed the administration’s interest in the people of Venezuela would go with him. That is unlikely to happen. Bolton may have pressed too hard and been too optimistic over how quickly the regime could be brought to heel.

Still, over the last two years, the U.S. has worked with a coalition of nations in the region who see clearly the dangers posed by the Maduro regime. It is important to keep that coalition together.

Only in partnership with these friends and allies can the continent banish the drug cartels, master migration issues, deal with dangerous transnational terrorists groups such as Hezbollah, promote economic freedom and regional growth, empower women, and keep destabilizing actors including China, Russia, Iran and Cuba at bay.

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The good guys of the Western Hemisphere can start by banding together at the United Nations General Assembly and making it clear that they won’t stand for this kind of bad behavior anymore. They could begin by protesting the very idea that the illegitimate Venezuelan regime should stand for election to the Human Rights Council. In fact, it is an embarrassment that Maduro’s people are recognized at all at the U.N.

Now is the time to say “no mas.”

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Little League World Series player shows how low a batter can go

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It may be the weirdest batting stance in baseball history.

A hitter on the team from Venezuela participating in this year’s Little League World Series in Pennsylvania may have crouched lower in the batter’s box than any player ever has.

ESPN video tweeted by MLB‘s Cut 4 website from Saturday afternoon’s game against Australia shows 12-year-old Deivis Ordonez nearly sitting on the ground as he takes a pitch for a strike in the fifth inning.

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Then on the very next pitch, Ordonez stood upright and bunted his way on base. Later, he showed off his dancing skills to the Williamsport crowd.

But his crouching style was so unorthodox that it has already been mimicked by social media sensation “Batting Stance Guy,” who imitates the stances of various ballplayers.

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As for Saturday’s game, Venezuela topped Australia 2-0.

The World Series continues Sunday with two international games and two games between U.S.-based teams.

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Couple suffers fatal fall while kissing on bridge in Peru

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A couple shared a romantic kiss on a bridge in Peru that turned fatal when they lost their balance and plunged to their deaths, a chilling video shows.

Maybeth Espinoz, 34, and Hector Vidal, 36, were locked in an embrace Saturday on Bethlehem Bridge in Cusco when they fell 50 feet to their deaths, Metro Uk reported.

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Surveillance footage showed Espinoz around 1 a.m. perched on the railing of the bridge as she locked lips with her boyfriend.

She can be seen wrapping her legs around Vidal’s waist before falling backward over the barrier — and pulling her boyfriend with her as they tumbled to the road below, the news outlet reported.

Espinoz died en route to a local hospital while Vidal succumbed to his injuries later in the intensive care unit, Metro UK reported.

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Espinoz and Vidal reportedly were mountaineers and had moved to Cusco to work as tour guides.

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4 Brazilian inmates purportedly involved in deadly prison riots die during transport to safer lockup

Brazilian authorities investigating the deadly jail riot between prison gangs that left 58 dead on Monday said that four other inmates believed to have been involved in the clashes have died while being transported to a different location.

The Para state public security office said the four inmates were discovered when the prison vehicle they were traveling in arrived in the town of Maraba on Wednesday. They said all four died of asphyxiation.

Authorities said the four inmates – who were believed to be from the same gang – were among 46 who were being sent to safer lockups, including stricter federal ones. The vehicle had four compartments and was carrying 30 handcuff inmates.

State officials said clashes erupted in Altamira early Monday when the local Comando Classe A gang attacked a wing of the prison holding members of the rival Comando Vermelho, or Red Command. Comando Classe A members allegedly set fire to temporary cells where inmates belonging to Red Command were being held while construction of another wing was underway – most of the victims died of asphyxiation.

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Prisoners allegedly involved in the killing of other inmates during a prison riot in Altamira, are led to a waiting vehicle to be transferred to another penitentiary, after arriving at the airport in Belem, Brazil, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Dozens of relatives of inmates killed during the riot in northern Brazil gathered at a coroner’s office Tuesday to identify the 57 victims. (AP Photo/Raimundo Pacco)

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“This is clearly a declaration of war on the Red Command,” said Jean-François Deluchey, a political science professor at the Federal University of Para who specializes in the region.

Authorities have not yet revealed the exact motive for the clash, only confirming that it was a fight between criminal groups. However, several recent prison massacres have been attributed to gangs battling to control drug-trafficking routes in the multibillion-dollar Amazon drug trade.

Many of Brazil’s prisons are plagued with overpopulation as outnumbered guards struggle to maintain control over an ever-growing population of inmates; jailed gang leaders are often able to run their criminal activities from behind bars.

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At Altamira, a local judge revealed in a July report that he had counted 343 detainees in a facility authorized for a maximum 163 people.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Catholic bishop to rain down ‘holy water’ from helicopter in ‘mass exorcism’ over city

A Catholic bishop is reaching for new heights to save a city wrought with “evil.”

After the brutal murder of a 10-year-old girl in a port city in Colombia, Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya, the bishop of Buenaventura, announced he will perform a mass exorcism over the city beset with violence, drug smuggling, and poverty this weekend, The Guardian reported.

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“We have to drive the devil out of Buenaventura, to see if we can restore the peace and tranquility that our city has lost due to so many crimes, acts of corruption and with so much evil and drug trafficking that invades our port,” Montoya told the local radio station.

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A Catholic bishop in Buenaventura, Columbia plans to use a helicopter to perform a mass exorcism over the city wrought with violent crime. (REUTERS/John Vizcaino)

He added: “We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura, from the air, and pour holy water on to it to see if we exorcise and get out all those demons that are destroying our port, so that God’s blessing comes and gets rid of all the wickedness that is in our streets.”

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Colombia’s army reportedly offered the bishop a helicopter for the mass exorcism during the feast day of Buenaventura’s patron saint.

South America’s largest Pacific seaport was named as the country’s most violent place in 2014 by Human Rights Watch, which said it is “dominated by powerful criminal groups that commit widespread abuses, including abducting and dismembering people, sometimes while still alive, then dumping them in the sea.”

The local Catholic church reported eyewitness accounts containing gruesome details of “chop-up houses” where they slaughter victims.

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While there has been an improvement since the report, homicides are up from last year, prompting a “pastoral emergency” from the Vatican-backed International Association of Exorcists.

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Earlier this year, the Vatican opened its annual exorcism summit to non-Catholics due to reports of a rise in demonic possessions and devil worship around the world.

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Maduro government claims plot to assassinate Venezuelan leader thwarted

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An assassination attempt against Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, which Maduro claimed was a part of a “fascist” plot to overthrow the government, was thwarted, officials said.

Maduro spokesman Jorge Rodriguez said on state television a network of mostly retired police officers and soldiers planned to bomb a key government building, seize a Caracas airbase and loot the country’s central bank.

Rodriguez said the alleged network planned the attack for June 23 and wanted to kill Maduro, his wife, and several high-ranking government officials.

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He also claimed the plot also involved opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is backed by the United States’ government and several dozen countries who recognize him as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.

Guaido, who said members of his own political team were confronted by armed men from Maduro’s security forces early Wednesday, dismissed the latest claim as yet another attempt by the government to distract from Venezuela’s real problems.

“Let it be clear to the regime that they will not intimidate us,” Guaido said at a news conference, urging members of the police and military to stop taking orders from Maduro’s regime.

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Maduro, in a nationally televised address, said later the plotters were cowards backed by the United States.

“That’s not called politics,” Maduro said. “That’s called fascism.”

Meanwhile, Rodriguez appeared to suggest the alleged coup has been brought down by informers within the group.

“We were in all the meetings to plan the coup,” he said. “We were in all the conferences.”

The government has claimed various plots have been averted over the years, generally offering little-to-no evidence to back its charges. The opposition contends Maduro uses such claims to justify his crackdown on dissent.

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Maduro came under attack in August 2018 by two drones loaded with explosives, which detonated near the president while he spoke at an outdoor military celebration. He was not harmed in the attack, which officials called an assassination attempt.

Rodríguez said the purported network wanted to steal a helicopter to liberate Raul Baduel, a former defense minister now in jail, and install him as president.

He also charged Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera backed the alleged thwarted coup plot, but he didn’t provide evidence.

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Venezuela was thrust into a political tug-of-war earlier this year when Guaido, the leader of the opposition-led National Assembly, invoked the country’s constitution and declared himself interim president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Reputed mob boss escapes prison in Uruguay: report

A reputed Italian mob boss known as the “cocaine king of Milan” escaped from a prison in Uruguay Sunday while he was waiting to be extradited to Italy after living in the South American country for over a decade under a false name, officials said.

Rocco Morabito, 52, was the alleged leader of Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s most powerful organized crime group and one of the largest European importers of cocaine from South America, UK’s Independent newspaper reported.

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Uruguay’s interior ministry confirmed Monday that Morabito escaped through a hole in the roof of the Central Prison in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo on Sunday with three other inmates and robbed the owners of a local farmhouse before fleeing.

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FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2017 file photo released by the Italian police, a man identified by police as longtime fugitive Rocco Morabito, looks down after being arrested at a hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Italian Police via AP)

Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told Sky News that he’ll be “asking for immediate explanations from the Montevideo government” after Morabito’s “disconcerting and serious” escape from jail. “We will continue to hunt down Morabito, wherever he is, to throw him in jail as he deserves,” Salvini said.

He was arrested in a Montevideo hotel in 2017 after living in Uruguay for 13 years under a fake name, Sky News reported. He used a Brazillian passport to pose as a soybean farmer and real estate salesman, the report said.

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Morabito was convicted of mafia association, drug trafficking and other serious crimes in Italy in 1994 after completing a $7.9 million deal to import almost a ton of cocaine into Italy. He escaped the country before authorities put him in jail and had been on the run for 23 years prior to his 2017 arrest, reports said

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Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of Connecticut missing mother, Jennifer Dulos, and his girlfriend arraigned

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NORWALK, Conn. — Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, the Connecticut mother of five who has been missing for more than a week, is likely to face further charges in the coming days, prosecutors said during a Monday arraignment on evidence tampering allegations, and asked Dulos’ bail be kept at $500,000.

No plea was entered by Dulos or his girlfriend, who was also arraigned on tampering charges in a separate hearing Monday at Norwalk Superior Court.

Dulos, 51, and girlfriend Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested late Saturday at a hotel in Avon, Conn., on charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution relating to the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. Dulos’ lawyer Monday said it was unlikely he would be able to post bail immediately. Troconis’ attorney said she would be able to make her $500,000 bail Monday. She will have to wear a GPS monitor.

Troconis, a multilingual high-roller who has interviewed celebrities on television and helped launch an upscale ski resort in Argentina, arrived at the courthouse first. Her brown hair was tied up in a ponytail and she did not speak to the media. Fotis Dulos arrived in court soon after wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Fotis Dulos and Troconis became romantically involved about a year before Jennifer Dulos filed for divorce and moved to the close-knit community in New Canaan. Authorities have hinted other charges against the couple could be coming soon.

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Since Dulos was reported missing 10 days ago, local, state and federal authorities have been “working around the clock” to find her, New Canaan police said in a statement Sunday.

Specifically, authorities spent the weekend searching Fotis Dulos’ sprawling 10,000-square foot Farmington mansion, as well as a nearby residence Dulos’ company, Fore Group, had developed. Armed with search warrants, investigators showed up at the Farmington home Sunday with more than a dozen state police vehicles and two canine units.

In the past 72 hours, state police obtained DNA samples from Fotis Dulos, who, for the past two years, has been locked in a contentious custody battle with his wife over the couple’s five children, who range in age from 8 to 13.

Dulos’ disappearance continues to be treated as both a missing-person case and a criminal investigation, New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro said.

The 50-year-old brunette was last seen driving a black Chevy Suburban 10 days ago, when she dropped off her children at their private school in New Canaan. Authorities spent three hours Friday handing out flyers that featured a picture of Dulos and her vehicle.

The circumstances surrounding Dulos’ disappearance have taken an ominous turn in recent days as more information has emerged about the couple’s rocky relationship.

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According to court documents, Jennifer Dulos said she was “terrified for (her) family’s safety, especially since discovering the gun, since my husband has a history of controlling, volatile and delusional behavior.” She also accused her husband, who was born and raised in Greece but attended college in the United States, of threatening to kidnap their children and take them to Greece.

Fotis Dulos, who married Jennifer 13 years ago, has strongly pushed back on his wife’s allegations. He has said he turned in his handgun to the Farmington police and accused his wife of being the unfit parent. He also said she had mental health issues, asserting at one point she verbally attacked him and called him names in front of guests.

Members of the affluent Connecticut town have been gripped by the case.

“Stuff like this doesn’t happen here,” Leila Roxo, an associate at LoLo Bag, an accessories boutique in New Canaan, told Fox News. “It’s a really quiet and safe town. Parents are OK just dropping off their kids and letting them walk around town, eat, have ice cream, buy something and then picking them up. It’s pretty safe.”

Roxo, who has a 6-year-old daughter, said she worries most about Dulos’ children and the scars they may carry from their mother’s disappearance.

“The 8-year-old is definitely going to remember some stuff,” Roxo said. “I don’t know how far apart the other ones are, but I have a 6-year-old and I feel like if this were to happen to her, she’d definitely remember.”

On Sunday night, hundreds of people packed into St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the second vigil held in a week for Dulos.

Eric Cooper, the head of the New Canaan Country School, described Dulos as “an incredibly warm person” and a “devoted mother who supported everything her children did.”

“We’re heartbroken,” he said. All five of the Dulos children attend the private school.

Carrie Luft, a spokeswoman for the family, said last week the children “miss their mother terribly, but they are doing as well under the circumstances as one could.”

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The kids are reportedly with their maternal grandmother, Gloria Farber, in New York City. Farber and her late husband sued Fotis Dulos, claiming in court documents he did not repay a $1.7 million loan he borrowed to buy and redevelop high-end homes.

Fox News’ Lissa Kaplan contributed to this report. 

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Face of Venezuela crisis: Fox News goes inside camp taking in refugees fleeing Maduro regime

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MAICO, Colombia – When you ask Colombians what La Guajira desert is known for, many will say a vacation.

It’s long been known as a tourist spot. But instead of vacationers, the desert in Maicao, Colombia is home to a growing number of Venezuelan migrants.

Among cities in the La Guajira region, the border city of Maicao tops the list as having one of the highest concentrations, per capita, of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

In March, the UN Refugee Agency opened a 60-tent facility which it calls an “Integrated Assistance Centre.” It was opened, the UN said, at the request of Colombian national and local authorities. About 300 people currently live at the center. Fox News toured the site this week to see the consequences of the Venezuelan crisis firsthand.

Dozens arrived by bus on Tuesday, and UN officials say they expect to reach capacity by Thursday.

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“It’s a transient center that provides basic services for a total of 350 people at a time – basic services like food, water, temporary accommodation, and protection services,” said Marco Rotunno, communications officer for UNHCR.

Rotunno said 50 percent of the center’s residents are children.

Noelis Navas is 11 years old. She told Fox News she and her two little brothers came to the center last week. She said they left Venezuela, with their mother, a couple of months ago.

“We had to work very hard, selling candy to get money for the bus tickets [to Colombia],” Noelis said.

Once in Colombia, the family had nowhere to stay and ended up sleeping on the streets. Noelis’ mother, Maria Delcarmen Rodriguez, told Fox News it was devastating.

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“I would cry at night,” Delcarmen Rodriguez said. “But I didn’t want to let my kids see me crying.”

Life in Colombia was far from good, but they say life in Venezuela was worse. More often than not, their days were filled with hunger and fear.

When asked if it was scary, 11-year-old Navas told Fox News: “Yes. There’s a lot of crime happening there, people want to kill and steal for food.”

“I was in sixth grade,” she explained. “How can I study if I can’t eat? In any second I could faint because I wouldn’t eat. The light was going away. There wasn’t any water.”

Now, they say, things are looking up. Delcarmen Rodriguez said she has faith for today and tomorrow.

“I’ve got a lot of faith in God,” she said. “Venezuela will prevail, with or without [President Nicolás] Maduro.”

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At the UN center, Delcarmen Rodriguez and her children have something they didn’t have last week: a warm meal and hope.

Noelis Navas said when she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian.

“I like chickens,” she said with a giggle, “because they are very cute.”

UN Refugee Agency has plans to expand the center and say they expect to double the number of beds in September, eventually growing to a capacity of 1,400.

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Pence declares support for Venezuela protesters rising up against Maduro: ‘We are with you!’

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Vice President Pence and other top-ranking members of the Trump administration voiced their full support Tuesday for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he led a contingent of heavily armed troops into the streets of Caracas amid a call for the military to rise up and oust the South American nation’s disputed president, Nicolás Maduro.

“To [Guaidó], the National Assembly and all the freedom-loving people of Venezuela who are taking to the streets today in #operacionlibertad—Estamos con ustedes!” Pence tweeted. “We are with you! America will stand with you until freedom & democracy are restored. Vayan con dios! #FreeVenezuela.”

While President Trump has not yet made a public statement regarding Guaidó’s actions, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said the administration stands with the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly and the White House is “watching and waiting” to see what unfolds in Caracas.

Conway added that it’s time for Maduro – a socialist who took power following the death of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez in 2013 – to go and that the U.S. is pushing for “a peaceful transition of power.”

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“We’re watching and we’re waiting,” Conway said. “We hope the result is democracy and freedom for the people.”

Guaidó – who is recognized by the United States and 53 other governments as the acting Venezuelan president – took to the streets on Tuesday morning alongside fellow Venezuelan politician and former political prisoner Leopoldo López.

“This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren’t,” said Lopez in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading anti-government protests. “Everyone should come to the streets, in peace.”

Speaking in a video shot at a Caracas air base, Guaidó said soldiers who took to the streets would be acting to protect Venezuela’s constitution and called for the rest of the military to join him.

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He made the comments a day before a planned anti-government rally.

America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also threw his support behind Guaidó’s uprising – tweeting on Tuesday that the “U.S. government fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy.”

National Security Advisor John Bolton said “Venezuelans have made clear that the current path toward democracy is irreversible.”

“Venezuela’s military has a choice: embrace democracy, protect civilians and members of the democratically-elected National Assembly, or face more man-made suffering and isolation,” Bolton, a major proponent of regime change in Venezuela, added.

Maduro said on Tuesday that top Venezuelan military leaders have assured him of their loyalty, while the country Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza argued that Guaidó’s uprising will soon be squashed. The Maduro regime has labelled Guaidó’s call for an uprising a coup d’etat.

In a tweet sent Tuesday, Maduro called for “the maximum popular mobilization to assure the victory of peace.”

Outside the country’s presidential palace, hundreds of Maduro supporters gathered – chanting popular slogans of support for the contested leader while a man on a truck has handed out large posters of Maduro with the Venezuelan flag behind him.

Home to the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela was for decades an economic leader in the western hemisphere and, despite a massive gap between rich and poor, was a major destination for neighboring Colombians and other Latin Americans fleeing their less prosperous and more troubled homelands.

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But in 1999 with the rise to power of late leader Hugo Chávez – whose social and economic reforms initially endeared him to the poor but also set up an unsustainable system of state spending – Venezuela’s economy began to creep toward a crisis.

The situation has been exacerbated by Maduro, Chávez’s successor, who took power in 2013, and by a plunge in global oil prices in 2015.

Venezuela has been gripped by widespread malnutrition, disease and violence, and critics accuse Maduro of unfairly winning an election last year for a second six-year term by banning his popular rivals from running and jailing others.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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