Guaido's failed coup may only have finished his hopes of toppling Maduro

Gaido enjoys the backing of the U.S. government.

This morning, Juan Guaido in that video stood with members of the Venezuelan military and said, now is the time.

Still, the surprise rebellion, dubbed "Operation Freedom", seemed to have garnered only limited military support.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressed the country in a televised speech on Tuesday evening, accusing those responsible for the military uprising of trying to provoke a "massacre" and lauding the armed forces for their restraint in avoiding direct confrontations.

"Maduro does not have the backing or respect from the Venezuelan armed forces, much less the Venezuelan people", Guaido said.

Still, the Trump administration was caught slightly off-guard by Guaido's decision to launch the campaign on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Guaido sought to keep the momentum going at the end of the day by releasing his own video message in which he pressed Venezuelans to take to the streets again on Wednesday.

"We call on the people to remain on maximum alert to - with our glorious National Bolivarian Armed Forces - defeat the attempted coup and preserve peace", he said.

"If he does get some degree of participation from labor movements, then that can be an additional feather in his cap", said Risa Grais-Targow, the Latin America director at Eurasia Group consultancy in Washington, adding that the march would be "a significant barometer of his support and capacity to mobilize".

Maduro for his part has appeared to retain control of state institutions and the loyalty of senior military officers.

At least one person, a 24-year-old, was killed in the central state of Aragua as protests spread, while more than 100 were injured around the country.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on April 22, 2019.

As he spoke on a highway overpass outside La Carlota air base in Caracas, troops loyal to Mr Maduro sporadically fired tear gas from inside the adjacent facility towards the crowd of a few hundred civilians.

"I have spoken to the attorney general, and he has appointed three national prosecutors who are questioning everyone involved in this event, and they are tasked with investigating and filing criminal charges", Maduro told the state television.

Moscow, Maduro's main backer and creditor alongside China, accused Guaido of "fueling conflict" in the oil-rich country.

"So, what we expect today are protests on both sides, but what will really define the current situation will be the discussions among the elites of the country, and the negotiations that are taking place outside Venezuela", he added. Military action is possible.

Elsewhere, Spain's socialist caretaker government urged restraint, while the governments of Cuba and Bolivia reiterated their support for Maduro.

The U.S. has been urging Russian Federation not to get involved in the Venezuelan conflict, following a longstanding U.S. policy of trying to prevent European influence in Latin America dating back to the President James Monroe, and the Monroe Doctrine.


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