Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

United States pulls nonemergency staff, families from embassy in Venezuela

United States pulls nonemergency staff, families from embassy in Venezuela

The United States and Britain said on Thursday that Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro is not legitimate, while Russian Federation and Turkey expressed their support to the legal authorities.

"It's an extremely serious matter and infringes upon the rule of law, against the peace of all Venezuelans", Padrino said.

Maduro will want to demonstrate that he remains in charge, even as the Trump administration undermines him with its decision Wednesday to recognize Venezuelan National Assembly Leader Juan Guaidó as the interim president, Shifter said. USA -backed opposition leader Juan Guaido - who serves as head of the National Assembly - declared himself president Wednesday.

Other coup attempts should not be forgotten, such as the military coup of 2002 and the 2003 oil lockout; the aggressive U.S. Executive Order describing Venezuela as "an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security and foreign policy" of the superpower; unilateral coercive measures; the call for a military coup against the constitutional government of Venezuela; the President of the United States' threat to use "a possible military option" and the August 4 assassination attempt against President Maduro.

Maduro issued his order before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), where magistrates and representatives of other government branches declared their support for him after the head of the opposition-controlled Parliament, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself to be Venezuela's interim president and received Washington's immediate support.

It was the latest worldwide crisis to split the global superpowers, with the United States and Europe backing Guaido, and Russian Federation and China urging noninterference.

Mexico, Cuba and Bolivia, all in the hands of leftist governments, pledged support for Maduro.

For Moscow and Beijing, the stakes are high. They schooled Venezuela's secret police in the dark arts of torture, repression, and citizen control.

Putin said that any intervention by other countries "violates the fundamental norms of worldwide law", according to the statement.

Officials said the US military presence in Venezuela is minimal, consisting mainly of about 20 Marine guards at the embassy. Maduro has been heavily criticized by the US and others for consolidating power, cracking down on political opposition, and overseeing Venezuela's sharp economic decline, marked by food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation. "We have dignity, damn it".

The defence minister said "unhinged elements" among Venezuela's opposition, backed by outside forces, were behind the bid to create a de facto government, which he vowed "will not be victorious".

The 35-year-old Guaido has energised the opposition with a campaign to declare Maduro a usurper after elections last year widely regarded as fraudulent.

But Brussels has called on authorities in Caracas to respect the opposition leader's "civil rights, freedom and safety" and indicated it favored a peaceful transition away from Maduro. "As Venezuelans, we solve our own problems", he added. "These voices can not be ignored", the 28-nation bloc said.

Workers clean the street after a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 24, 2019. Latin America expert Prof.

Speaking later to red-shirted supporters outside the presidential palace, Maduro recited US interventions in Latin America during the Cold War.

"A United States backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face", Omar, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter.

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