Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara called on supporters to continue anti-government demonstrations on Wednesday, despite ongoing protest violence claiming the lives of up to 27 people.
Guevara, who serves as first vice-president of the country’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, is one of many right-wing politicians calling for the forceful removal of democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro.
“Tomorrow, the street versus the dictatorship continues: same spots and same time. This is the moment we prove our resilience,” the co-founder of right-wing Voluntad Popular party said on Twitter Tuesday.
In his opinion, the Venezuelan government’s alleged “authoritarianism” was confirmed on Monday when the country's Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz claimed that the rights of 247 people have been violated during the protests and during their arrests.
On Tuesday, Ortega Luiz condemned the violence of the far-right and their calls for a foreign intervention in Venezuela, calling instead for dialogue and peace.
Guevara also mentioned that legislators gave the country's ombudsman Tarek Saab a “three-day deadline” to remove the judges of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Otherwise, they will consider him “an accomplice of the coup.”
The alleged “coup” Guevara made reference to was a decision by Venezuela’s Supreme Court to temporarily assume some responsibilities of the National Assembly as long as the legislature continued to be “in contempt” of the constitution. The ruling, however, has long been overturned.
The march will also “peacefully” march to the ombudsman's office, tweeted Lilian Tintori, wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Lopez is currently in prison for his role in fomenting the 2014 violent protests that led to over 40 deaths.
In the past three weeks of repeated violent opposition protests, hundreds have been injured and at least 27 people have died.
Most of those killed thus far were victims of violent right-wing protests.
Maduro has called for a broad dialogue, which the opposition has rejected, in turn demanding his removal from office.