Solidarity movements from more than 20 countries around the world will hold a day of solidarity with Venezuela, in response to heightened calls for intervention by opposition sectors inside the country as well as from regional governments, including the United States.
"Just as on April 19 we will have a great demonstration here in Caracas ... at the same time, a decision was made at a meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum held in Mexico approving a day of solidarity for Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution and rejection of this attempt by the (U.S. empire) and its allies to intervene," said Adan Chavez, the director for International Affairs of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV.
Demonstrations are planned in Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil and various other Latin American countries, coinciding with demonstrations taking place in the Venezuelan capital by both government supporters and opponents of the Bolivarian government.
Forums, talks, and other activities in solidarity with Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution are also planned in various other countrie,s including Turkey as well as in Hong Kong and Italy.
Movements and prominent left-wing intellectuals from across the world have been demonstrating in support of the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan government, which has seen an unprecedented internal and external attack with the aim of toppling the government and reversing the social gains made under successive left-wing administrations.
On Tuesday, trade unionists, intellectuals and social organizations in the U.K. called for respect for Venezuela's national sovereignty and for the cessation of interference. Trade unions from Mexico, including the Mexican Electricians Union, also released a statement calling for non-interference in the South American nation's affairs.
Gerardo Hernandez and Antonio Guerrero, two of the five Cubans who were jailed in the United States for infiltrating terrorist cells planning attacks on the island, released statements in support of Venezuela and criticizing attempts "to destabilize our brother nation of Venezuela."
"The Venezuelan people will stand and win under the example of the eternal commander Hugo Chávez and the guidance of his president, Nicolás Maduro," Guerrero said.
While government supporters gather in Caracas, the opposition has also convened a "Mega March" calling for Maduro's ouster, which comes after more than a week of violent protests have left several dead and causing an estimated 50 billion bolivars in damages. Among the fatalities is a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed when opposition protesters entered a social housing complex during the protests and an 83-year-old woman who died after not being able to receive medical attention due to opposition roadblocks.
A high school, a community health center, various subsidized food markets, and several government offices have also been attacked, authorities said.
On Thursday, President Maduro accused the U.S. government of having "given the green light" for a coup in the country and said that security forces had arrested an “armed commando group sent by the opposition in order to attack the mobilization called by the right-wing for Wednesday to generate violence and deaths in the country.”