The heads of numerous democratic state reiterated their support for Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó on Tuesday after the 35-year-old declared that his movement was entering the “final phase” of removing the Maduro dictatorship.
On Tuesday morning, Guaidó uploaded a video revealing that some sections of the military had agreed to recognize him as the country’s legitimate commander-in-chief and called on people to flood the streets in support of his opposition movement.
“People of Venezuela, let’s take to the streets to support the end of the usurpation, which is irreversible,” he said. “The National Armed Forces have made the correct decision, they have the support of the people of Venezuela, and the backing of our constitution, they are guaranteed to be on the right side of history.”
VIDEO | Mensaje del presidente (E) Juan Guaidó desde la base aérea La Carlota en Caracas: “Pueblo de Venezuela inició el fin de la usurpación” (1/2) pic.twitter.com/inSvOCSIoj
— Centro de Comunicación Nacional (@Presidencia_VE) April 30, 2019
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was one of the first to send a message of support.
“To [Juan Guaidó] and the National Assembly and all the freedom-loving people of Venezuela who are taking to the streets today in [operation freedom] — Estamos con ustedes! We are with you!” he wrote on Twitter. “America will stand with you until freedom & democracy are restored.”
To @jguaido, the National Assembly and all the freedom-loving people of Venezuela who are taking to the streets today in #operacionlibertad—Estamos con ustedes! We are with you! America will stand with you until freedom & democracy are restored. Vayan con dios! #FreeVenezuela
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 30, 2019
Neighboring countries including Brazil and Colombia also expressed their backing for Guaidó.
“We call on the military and the people ofto remain on the right side of history, rejecting the dictatorship and usurpation [of power] of Maduro; uniting in search of freedom, democracy, and institutional reconstruction,” wrote Duque.
Hacemos llamado a militares y al pueblo de #Venezuela para que se ubiquen del lado correcto de la historia, rechazando dictadura y usurpación de Maduro; uniéndose en búsqueda de libertad, democracia y reconstrucción institucional, en cabeza de @AsambleaVE y el Presidente @jguaido
— Iván Duque (@IvanDuque) April 30, 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro warned that the Venezuelan people were “enslaved by a dictator,” adding that he supports “freedom for our sister nation to finally become a true democracy.”
O Brasil se solidariza com o sofrido povo venezuelano escravizado por um ditador apoiado pelo PT, PSOL e alinhados ideológicos. Apoiamos a liberdade desta nação irmã para que finalmente vivam uma verdadeira democracia.
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) April 30, 2019
Other regional allies, such as Argentina, Peru, and Chile, also backed the opposition’s efforts.
“We fully support Interim President Juan Guaido in his fight to restore democracy in Venezuela,” the Peruvian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The usurping, dictatorial regime of [Nicolás] Maduro should come to an end.”
Respaldamos plenamente al presidente interino @jguaido en su lucha por recuperar la democracia en Venezuela. El régimen usurpador y dictatorial de Maduro debe llegar a su fin.
— Cancillería Perú🇵 (@CancilleriaPeru) April 30, 2019
“We confirm our full support for President Juan Guaido and democracy in Venezuela,” added Chilean President Sebastian Piñera. “Maduro’s dictatorship must end peacefully and in accordance with the constitution.”
Reiteramos Ntro total apoyo al Pdte Guaido y democracia en https://t.co/2y0dWEm4jU dictadura de Maduro debe terminar por la fuerza pacífica, ydentro de la constitución, del pueblo venezolano. Así se restablecerán las libertades, la democracia,los DDHH y el progreso en #Venezuela.
— Sebastian Piñera (@sebastianpinera) April 30, 2019
Maduro still retains the backing of many of regional allies in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Bolivia, all of whom expressed concern that power may quickly be slipping away from the socialist regime.
“We reject this movement towards a coup d’·tat, the aim of which is to fill the country with violence,” wrote Cuban second-in-command, President Miguel Díaz-Canel. “The traitors positioning themselves in the vanguard of these subversive activities have used the military and armed police on the road to the city to cause clashes and terror.”
Rechazamos este movimiento golpista que pretende llenar de violencia al país. Los traidores que se han colocado al frente de este movimiento subversivo, han empleado tropas y policías con armas de guerra en una vía pública de la la ciudad para crear zozobra y terror #SomosCuba https://t.co/n1jIoABPvi
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) April 30, 2019
Díaz-Canel’s statement is believed to reflect the opinion of dictator Raúl Castro.
“We call on governments of Latin America condemn the coup d’état in Venezuela and prevent violence from innocent lives. It would be a nefarious precedent to let the coup intrusion settle in the region,” added Bolivia’s socialist leader Evo Morales. “Dialogue and peace must be imposed on the coup.”
Convocamos a gobiernos de #AméricaLatina a condenar el golpe de Estado en #Venezuela e impedir que la violencia cobre vidas de inocentes. Sería un nefasto antecedente dejar que la intromisión golpista se instale en la región. El diálogo y la paz deben imponerse sobre el golpe.
— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) April 30, 2019
Maduro also retains support from some governments further afield, including China and Russia, both of whom have helped prop up his regime with financial and military support.
According to various Russian news agencies, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin raised the current developments in Venezuela during his scheduled meeting with the Security Council, adding that they had “paid significant attention to the news reports about a coup attempt in that country.”