Earlier on Tuesday, Guaidó claimed the main unit of the military had joined him and urged the “military family” and public servants to support protesters and “immediately cover the streets” of Venezuela.
“The national armed forces have made the right decision, they have the support of the Venezuelan people, with the endorsement of our Constitution, with the guarantee of being on the right side of the story,” he said.
Opponents to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro confront loyalist Bolivarian National Guard troops firing tear gas at them, outside La Carlota military airbase in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Standing on a vehicle rooftop, front, National Assembly President Juan Guaido speaks to supporters as he visits different anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 12, 2019. Guaido, who declared himself interim president on Jan. 23, 2019, demands new elections, arguing that President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election last year was invalid.
The U.S. and dozens of other countries recognize Guaidó, who’s the president of the National Assembly, as the country’s interim president and rightful leader. López, who was serving a 14-year sentence, said members of the security forces followed an order by Guaidó to release him from detention.
Anti-censorship groups say Maduro’s government has been restricting access to several websites, including Google, YouTube and Bing.
Guaidó supporting demonstrators throw molotov cocktails at pro-govt military forces at the airforce base La Carlota on Tuesday in Caracas, Venezuela.
Opposition supporting members of the National Guard take cover on an overpass outside La Carlota military airbase where the rebel soldiers confronted loyal troops inside the base in Caracas, Venezuela on Tuesday
The turmoil comes as the U.S. increases pressure on Maduro’s socialist government to give up power and allow Guaidó to oversee a transition of power, claiming his 2018 reelection was invalid. He’s been in power since 2013, following the death of Hugo Chávez.