Rival Marches in Venezuela on Wednesday Could Lead to Violence

Things may be coming to a head in Venezuela on Wednesday as the major forces at odds in that country have both decided to hold major rallies on May Day (May 1).

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó, 35, has called for huge protests on Wednesday to demand the resignation of the current President Nicolas Maduro. The regime, in turn, has asked its Chavista supporters (referring to supporters of the late president and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez) to take to the streets on Wednesday in a show of support.

With so many highly partisan citizens on both sides in the streets, violent clashes are very likely.

Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, launched his effort to oust Maduro in January, calling him a “usurper” after elections last year that may have been rigged.

Fueling the rage on Wednesday, the Venezuelan economy has crashed under Maduro’s leadership, and the country is running shortages of food, medicine and other necessities for its 30 million citizens.

Guaido has the support of more than 50 countries and has been trying to get international humanitarian aid across the border from Columbia. Maduro, 56, claims the United States is attempting to force him out and maintains the support of the country’s military.

May Day is special to Socialist leaders such as Maduro and his supporters rally annually on this date. The date also carries with it a history of violence.

So one of the most socialist counties in the world will be the site of the biggest rally in the world trying to end a socialism government…on May Day.

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Robert Martin (CN Staff)

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