To demonstrate that he regained his strength in the streets and managed to reorganize himself to face the government of Nicolás Maduro at the start of his second term of six years, Venezuelan opposition called for demonstrations in Caracas on Wednesday and in other cities. The president, overwhelmed by growing international pressure, also called for similar mobilizations in a new measurement of forces with the opposition sectors.
The marches organized as part of a new anniversary of the establishment of Venezuelan democracy after the fall of the dictatorship of General Marcos Pérez Jiménez in 1958 generated great expectations after the escalation of the last days of clashes between the government and the Assembly national – that controls the opposition, which has raised political tensions.
"We are about to reach the end of the usurpation, the transitional government and the free elections," Congress President Juan Guaidó said today, asking the population to join March 23rd. During a speech at the session, he added that Wednesday's mobilization will serve to send the world, the military and the unions a "message of strength, firmness".
The well-known Venezuelan director Gustavo Dudamel joined the voices in favor of the opposition march and said on Tuesday during an act in which his star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that Venezuela will live on January 23rd. "A crucial day in which the immense clamor of the majority must be heard and respected".
"Venezuela is experiencing an unacceptable social and political situation," said Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, expressing concern over the situation in his country, which is mired in a deep economic and social crisis with a runaway seven-figure hyperinflation . and a severe recession.
After having accused the United States without trying to encourage the "chaos" and the "clash between Venezuelans", Maduro announced that the authorities will take all the security measures in the marches so that "everyone will go in peace".
"Whatever they do in Venezuela, sovereignty will prevail," said the socialist president during a meeting in the capital with dozens of supporters shouting "the streets are those of the people, not those of the oligarchy".
The president of the local poll Delphos, Felix Seijas, said that with the mobilization of January 23, the opposition will try to show that the mood has been reactivated among his followers, while the party in power will use the 39; event "to continue mediating the situation".
Seijas said that for the opposition it will be crucial what he will do on January 24, when he will have to define the path that will follow to increase the pressure on the Maduro government.
The Congress said last week that Maduro "usurps" the presidency and has categorized all of his acts as "void" since he took office on January 10 for his second term. Most of the countries in the region, the European Union and the Venezuelan opposition did not meet with the re-election of Maduro, arguing that the May 20 elections were held without laws.
At the beginning of the week, the Supreme Court of Justice declared the new legislative directive invalid and considered "nothing" the recent agreements approved against Maduro, intensifying the clash between the public authorities.