A video of Pro Maduro forces running over protesters in Caracas, Venezuela with military tanks is making waves on social media.
Sadly, this is what the socialist country has come to.
BREAKING NEWS: Pro Maduro forces run over protesters in Caracas, Venezuela with military tanks. pic.twitter.com/yLz3aer40b
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) April 30, 2019
Many on social media pointed out Democrats should stop defending socialist countries and responses included:
“Show this to people who thinks Socialism isn’t bad”
“AOC and Bernie approved”
“@aoc check out your boy…”
Show this to people who thinks Socialism isn't bad
— ⚠Warning: Opinions⚠ (@LJPhil_M) April 30, 2019
AOC and Bernie approved
— jerry pennington (@jpeny10) April 30, 2019
@aoc check out your boy…
— Trader 47™ (@Trader_47) April 30, 2019
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Tuesday called for mass anti-government protests and military defections, announcing what he termed the “final phase” in an operation attempting to remove President Nicolás Maduro from office.
About an hour after Guaidó spoke, Maduro’s communications minister said the government was confronting a small group of military officers looking “to promote a coup” against the president.
“We call on the people to remain on high alert to, together with the glorious Bolivarian National Armed Forces, defeat the coup attempt and preserve the peace,” Jorge Rodriguez wrote on Twitter.
In a video posted on social media early Tuesday, Guaidó was flanked by a small group of soldiers outside the La Carlota military base in the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas.
“Today, brave soldiers, brave patriots, brave men attached to the constitution have followed our call,” said Guaidó, the head of the National Assembly, who has called himself the country’s interim president.
“Today, we are counting on the people of Venezuela,” he said. “Today, the armed forces are clearly on the side of the people, they are on the side of the constitution.”
Guaidó called on the military and the Venezuelan people to join him in nonviolent protest against Maduro. Though he spoke alongside a group of soldiers, it was not clear how much of the military’s support he had.
About 2,000 people took to the streets in the area of Altamira, near the military base, starting after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Access to Twitter had been limited that morning and Venezuelans shared the video of Guaidó on WhatsApp chains.
Some who found out about the demonstrations looked for buses to return home to take shelter.
In El Paraíso and La Candelaria, middle-class neighborhoods located west of Caracas, demonstrators blocked roads and were stopped by members of the National Guard still under the control of the Nicolás Maduro regime.
“It’s today or it is never,” said Jorge Alberto Gonzalez, 33, from El Paraiso while watching the main avenue to his house being blocked and set on fire to prevent the National Guard from entering the area. He said he was sure “more military will join” the opposition.
After 10 a.m., the protesters took to the Francisco Fajardo highway at the height of the base to face the guard that still supports Maduro. Eventually, some managed to break down gates and enter the area.