EOS Alerts 29-1-2019
Venezuela: Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Calls for New Protests
On 27 January, opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for further protests to take place on 30 January and 2 February. The 2 February protests have been organised to coincide with a European Union deadline for President Nicolas Maduro to announce new elections. Maduro has continued to reject an international ultimatum that he holds “fair, free and transparent elections” within eight days, claiming that “no one can give Venezuela an ultimatum.” Maduro has stated that he is open to dialogue after the Venezuelan government suspended its order that US diplomats leave Venezuela. If no agreement is reached within 30 days, US Embassy personnel will once again have to leave the country.
Large political demonstrations are expected in major cities in Venezuela on 30 January and 2 February. This could lead to unexpected road closures, travel disruptions and violent clashes with security and government forces. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings and seek safe shelter should tensions escalate and the security environment rapidly deteriorate. Monitor local media sources.