“The only alternative we have today is to create pressure spaces to solve this conflict,” Guaido said, referring to the strong crisis that Venezuela has been experiencing for more than five years.
“In order to progress, it is necessary to get out of the (Maduro) dictatorship,” he added during a meeting with representatives of various social sectors in the country.
On Saturday, Juan Guaidó – who is considered by several countries to be the interim president of Venezuela – was present at a demonstration led by health workers unions to demand the adoption of a vaccination plan against the Corona virus without political criteria, at a time when the country was suffering from a second wave of the new Corona virus.
“Venezuela is facing an epidemic, an invisible enemy, and it demands the saving of lives, it needs vaccines,” the opposition leader said that day, wearing a mask that read “vaccines already”.
The opposition leader called for a new development of “anti-Chavez”, but did not elaborate on the mechanisms through which he hopes to put more pressure on Maduro.
He stressed that “the call that I am making is to move forward, and to claim, that we cannot stand idly by, we must demand the holding of free and fair elections to end this tragedy.”
Although he has the support of many countries, including the United States, which are seeking to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power, Guaidó does not control the Venezuelan bureaucracy or the armed forces, whose leaders usually openly declare their loyalty to Maduro and the so-called Bolivarian. Revolution launched by the late President Hugo Chávez (1999-2013).
As Guaidó said today, Maduro no longer “controls anything” in the country, as evidenced by the violence in the favelas of Caracas and the conflict between armed forces and groups in the state of Apure, on the border with Colombia, which erupted on March 21 and killed eight. At least in the ranks of the Venezuelan army.
Venezuela launched a Covid-19 vaccination campaign in late February using the Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines, but it received fewer than a million doses.
Nicolas Maduro announced that health professionals would be the first to benefit from vaccines, but the College of Physicians reported delays.
A non-governmental organization says that more than 480 health workers have died since the epidemic began.
The country, which has a population of 30 million, has recorded more than 180,000 cases and nearly 1900 deaths since the start of the epidemic, but the opposition considers the numbers “completely wrong.”
Maduro announced last week that Venezuela will produce a Cuban vaccine, ensuring that it will be able to deliver up to two million doses per month starting in August.