The Latest: Venezuelans rally in Barcelona to support Guaido

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Basically the most contemporary on the political crisis in Venezuela (all instances local):

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Hundreds of Venezuelans gathered in downtown Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday to particular their make stronger for Juan Guaido, who declared himself intervening time president of Venezuela remaining week.

The gathering change into one of several anticipated all over the world to coincide with a rally deliberate by Guaido in Venezuela.

The defiant socialist authorities of President Nicolas Maduro has known as by itself loyalists to flood the streets waving flags to beget an even time the twentieth anniversary of the Bolivarian revolution launched by the leisurely Hugo Chavez.

Nancy San Juan, a 78-year-extinct yoga instructor, says: “Right here’s the pinnacle. It’s impending. How is it going to total? We don’t know. We don’t know because this man (Maduro) doesn’t decide to head away and is terribly defiant.”

Spain’s Nationwide Institute of Statistics says the preference of folks born in Venezuela who dwell in Spain jumped from 165,000 in 2015 to 255,000 remaining year.

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A Venezuelan air power general defected from the administration of President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday and known as on his compatriots to participate in protests against the socialist chief’s rule.

Gen. Francisco Yanez is the essential high ranking officer to head away Maduro’s authorities since Jan. 23, when Nationwide Assembly President Juan Guaido declared himself the nation’s official chief.

In a YouTube video, Yanez said: “The transition to democracy is impending.” He described Maduro as a dictator and referred to Guaido as his president, but refused to claim whether or no longer he is silent in Venezuela or has left the nation.

In a transient cell phone dialog with The Associated Press, the officer confirmed, from a Colombian number, the veracity of his declaration and said he wouldn’t give extra statements till given authorization by “the commander-in-chief of the simply armed power which is President Juan Guaido.”

In the video, Yanez claimed that “90 p.c” of the nation’s armed forces are against Maduro.

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