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Venezuelans march to the National Assembly convened by Juan Guaidó: the regime’s police threw tear gas

(By Ana Rodríguez – From Caracas) The interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, head a march on Tuesday for rekindle the pressure against the regime of Nicolás Maduro with the support of several countries headed by the United States. Accompanied by allied legislators, the politician heads a demonstration that hopes to reach the National Assembly, controlled by the opposition and of which he is president.

The goal is to start discussing there measures to get Venezuela out of its dreadful crisis and especially articulate a call for presidential elections to end a government that he considers a “dictatorship.”

Minute by minute (Caracas time, GMT -4)

13:00: “We are not afraid of you, Maduro. Former inmates who are dressed as policemen go to repress our people”, Denounced a group of protesters.

12:56: the siege of the Bolivarian National Police does not cease and continues to repress the population It manifests peacefully.

12:53: the Bolivarian National Police advances on motorcycles on protesters. They repress with shot shots. Senior citizens were in the middle of the line of fire and a group of paramedics arrived at the scene to try to help those people.

12:52: part of the protesters respond to the National Guard troops launching different projectiles, while there are older people who come to try to talk to the police. There are shots with shot.

12:48: when it seemed that everything was calm again, members of the Bolivarian National Guard began to repress protesters again.

12:42: the National Guard troops, after launching tear gas, they established a wider cord and raised their shields while people backed away from the siege.

12:40: the Bolivarian National Guard began to throw tear gas while Guaido spoke with a handful of troops who established a cord.

12:35: Juan Guaidó speaks to members of the Bolivarian National Guard who are establishing a cordon. “Put yourself on the side of people, their families. Today the dictatorship believes it can stop Venezuela. That fear that the dictatorship feels is the fear that the mother feels when she cannot feed her children”Said Guaido.

“Today Venezuela is one and it is clear who are the blockers. Today they are complicit in the dictatorship, ”he told the troops.

12:20: the march to the National Assembly began headed by Juan Guaidó and deputies opposing the Maduro regime. “Like January 5, the dictatorship is exhibited: militarize and threaten. Also on January 5, the deputies, despite the repression, installed the National Assembly, ”said Guaido before leaving for Parliament.

12:10: Juan Guaidó He spoke at the rally before starting the walk to the National Assembly: “We are not going to please the dictatorship of generating violence. What is clear is that there is no fear here. Here is strength and courage. We are together. Here are the instructions for today, ”He said, handing out flyers with recommendations for followers.

The president and the deputies will go to the front to protect us all. We will not fall into provocations, the objective is to meet again in the streets, like the majority that we are, and for the National Assembly to approve the National Conflict Statement, ”he added.

And he concluded:We have the strength to get ahead. Today a sustained struggle stage is restarted, until it is achieved

11:45: the deputy María Hernández del Castillo He stressed: “Applause to the workers of the Caracas subway that join the demands of the Petition of Petitions that will be delivered today to the National Assembly.” The legislator congratulated the subway employees for joining the demonstration.

11:12: deputy Alfonso Marquina Held: “The crisis in Venezuela is only resolved in one way: political change

11:05: the deputy Delsa Solórzano talked about the Michelle Bachellet report update, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “EThese reports record what is happening in Venezuela”, He said. Then he emphasized: “We want free presidential elections.”

11:00: in Guárico, Venezuelans began marching in Plaza Los Samanes in San Juan de Los Morros.

10:43: the Zulians are concentrated in the Plaza Indio Mara, north of Maracaibo, in support of the mobilization of the interim president Juan Guaidó for the National Conflict Statement.

10:24: Astrid Álvarez, protester, expressed in dialogue with Infobae: “I am 21 years old and here I am protesting peacefully because I faithfully believe in the change that Venezuela may have. All I say to the people who are watching me is that Simón Bolívar did not free Venezuela from one day to another. It was years. At this moment we have to go out and build our courage. “

10:10: Juan Guaidó He sent a message on Twitter: “Caracas: See you at Plaza Juan Pablo II. We will be in front with the deputies and leaders of all sectors. Let’s go out to approve the #PliegoNacionalDeConflicto, the demand of all Venezuela ”.

Remember the instructions: union, organization and discipline. Attentive to official information through @Asa AssemblyVE, @Presidencia_VE, Deputies and my networks. We continue strong! Today, let’s prove we don’t get used to it. # 10MLaStreetPorVzla, ”he continued.

And I add: “The dictatorship acts predictably. We knew we would face the deployment of the only thing left. Let us make every policeman, every guard, every minion see and hear that we are more and we are going on and together. # 10MLaStreetPorVzla

10:00: people are concentrated in the Plaza Juan Pablo II in Caracas to start marching in moments. Iran towards the National Assembly.

9:55: Bolivarian National Guard groups surround the square where people are concentrated in Maracaibo, Zulia, to intimidate the protesters.

9:50: “Whoever conquers fear is a brave. We overcome fear and we are brave”, He told Infobae a protester to the march of Guaidó. “We are fighting against a regime and expect anything from them but we are determined to go to the National Assembly,” he said.

9:40: Juan Guillermo Requesens, father of Deputy Juan Requesens, said: “We have to keep going, supporting the agenda of President Guaidó

“You have to go outside and keep up the pressure. We have to keep pressing. The way to combat this dictatorship is with people on the street, ”he said.

9:25: opposition political parties are expected to transfer their militants, who concentrate on separate points to march all together then to the National Assembly.

9:10: All routes to Caracas now have military checkpoints and many roads are completely closed.

8:35: Bolivarian National Guard riot police were deployed around Chacaíto, in Caracas.

8:15: So far, the city remains with commercial movement and a few passersby. In the center of Caracas, in the vicinity of the Legislative Palace, the National Guard has been monitoring the area since yesterday, when the Chavism conducted military exercises.

8:00: From very early, police officers are located in Francisco de Miranda Avenue, in the municipality of Chacao, a few meters from Juan Pablo II Square, a place chosen by Juan Guaidó to begin the mobilization to the Federal Legislative Palace.

Maduro’s forces, heir to the late President Hugo Chávez, will not be crossed. Shouting “the streets are of the people, not of the bourgeoisie”, the Chavistas called a “counter-march” for the “sovereignty” that is carried out simultaneously to that of the opponents.

This Tuesday’s mobilization it is the most ambitious one that Guaidó has made since a month ago he returned from a tour of eight countries during which he was received by the president of the United States, Donald Trump; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson; and the president of France, Emmanuel Macron. He also made himself heard at the World Economic Forum in Davos and held interviews with the European Union.

Will it arrive at the Assembly?

The call to march this Tuesday it was done almost exclusively through social networks in a country where Internet access is unstable and opposing or independent sites are blocked. Television is controlled by the government and ignores the opposition. The opponents themselves admit that this lack of visibility can diminish the popular response.

It will not be easy for the opposition to reach the National Assembly. Guaido himself assumed that the security forces will seek to block their way. “We already know what can happen,” said Guaidó, and indicated that alternative routes have been raised.

The regime, which considers Guaidó a “traitor to the country,” began a week of military exercises in Caracas and four states on Monday. Soldiers and armored vehicles were seen early Monday in several areas of Caracas.

The opposition says it is a deployment to intimidate protesters. “They have done everything possible to get hold of what they have left and what they have left is terror”Said Guaido.

The march on Caracas will go from Plaza Juan Pablo II, along Francisco de Miranda Avenue, Libertador Avenue and University Avenue to seek to reach the Legislative Palace. Nationally, the points are as follows:

Amazonas: In Puerto Ayacucho.

Anzoátegui: Fabricio Ojeda of the city of Barcelona.

Apure: San Fernando downtown point and 6 concentrations have been confirmed plus another 6 municipalities.

Aragua: In front of CLEA in Maracay.

Barinas: Concentration in Alto Barinas (near the Farmatodo).

Bolívar: Concentration in the hot corner of Unare III Pto Ordaz.

Carabobo: Mobilizes to Caracas.

Cojedes: Concentration of all municipalities in the Redoma mango in San Carlos.

Delta Amacuro: High point of Tucupita.

Capital District: Departure points for the National Assembly.

Falcón: Concentration, Manaure Avenue crossing with Falcón Street, in front of Punta del Sol Shopping Center, Santa Ana Parish, Miranda Municipality from 9:00 AM.

Guárico: Concentration Plaza los Samenes.

Lara: Concentration in the state medical school.

Mérida: Viacrucis for freedom, 8 stations for freedom.

Miranda: Mobilizes to Caracas.

Monagas: Concentration on Avenida Juncal de Maturín and then march to Av Bolivar.

Nueva Esparta: Concentration on 4 de Mayo Avenue with march to the Bolívar square in Porlamar.

Portuguese: Acarigua, Araure. Concentration in Locatel.

Sucre: Concentration in the virgin church of the Cumana Valley.

Táchira: Concentration in the Obelisk of the Italians in San Cristóbal.

Trujillo: Valera. Marches from the parishes to Av. Bolívar. Chess Height

Vargas: Mobilizes to Caracas.

Yaracuy: San Felipe-Independencia- Cocorote: Large multiple shot of the Metropolitan Area of ​​San Felipe. From 9:00 AM. Arrival site: Corner of the El Nacional Supermarket.

Zulia: Maracaibo. Mara Indian Plaza Concentration.

The regime ordered that the Venezuelan Armed Forces be on high alert

The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) prepared for the protest day. The chief of the Operational Strategic Command of the Armed Forces (CEOFANB), Admiral in Chief Remigio Ceballos Ichaso He issued instructions to all the commanders of the Regions of Integral Defense (REDI) and of the Operational Areas of Integral Defense (ZODI), so as to guarantee “citizen peace and coexistence, from this moment and especially on March 10 , before the call of some destabilizing sectors, that try to generate situations that affect the normal development of the country ”.

As always with this type of event, the admiral requested that a permanent analysis of the “updated National and Regional situation” be made, keeping the command structure informed. He also asked that he stay “on alert to military and police units”Before any action that could mean an irregular event or terrorist attack.

He said it is necessary to keep the “Command, Control and monitoring of military and police units that operate under their command in their respective jurisdictions

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