Venezuela dives deeper into disorder: after the security forces crushed a mutiny in the National Guard, they followed violent street protests. Apparently the regime fears attempts to overthrow it.
In Venezuela, security forces defeated a National Guard mutiny and created 27 guards. Diosdado Cabello, head of the socialist party, said that there could be further arrests during the investigation. Several national guards have stolen weapons from a camp and arrested two officers, the military said.
A few hours earlier, a group of armed guards had heavily spread several videos on social networks claiming they did not recognize the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
In one of the videos, a man who referred to himself as Alexander Bandre Figueroa asked the "Venezuelan people" to show his support for rebellion in the streets.
Protests in the poorest neighborhoods
The mutiny has triggered demonstrations in the poorest neighborhoods of the capital Caracas, just a few miles from the presidential palace. Residents lit the road blocks and demanded the resignation of Maduro. Military and police forces used tear gas against local residents.
The arrested soldiers received the support of the president of the powerless Parliament, Juan Guaidó. The incident shows the "general feeling" prevailing in the army, he tweeted. "Parliament is committed to providing all necessary guarantees to members of the armed forces who actively contribute to the restoration of the Constitution."
Since then the Supreme Court has declared illegal the leadership of the opposition of the Parliament. His "measures against Maduro" were rejected, a statement reads. The court is considered to be in favor of the government. The attorney general should now decide whether to denounce parliamentary leaders for violating the country's constitution, according to the court.
Guaidó is indifferent
Guaidó was not impressed by the verdict and reiterated his invitation to protest on Wednesday for Maduro's resignation. So he commemorates the end of the 1958 dictatorship in Venezuela.
After taking the oath as president of the National Assembly on January 5, Guaidó had begun to take action against Maduro. He also called on the international community not to provide money to the Maduro government. Maduro is illegally in power.
Maduro was sworn in for his second six-year term on January 10, but many governments in the region did not recognize his choice as legal. Even in Venezuela its popularity has fallen dramatically in the face of hyperinflation, to the lack of practically all daily necessities and its authoritarian style of government.