Venezuelans started gathering Monday to march in support of President Nicolás Maduro, after a failed drone attack against him during a speech at a military parade.
The march in support of the president was convened by the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and will depart from the center of Caracas to end at the Miraflores government palace, where Maduro will give a speech.
Supporters wearing t-shirts emblazoned with Maduro's face massed in Caracas Monday, with the president due to address the crowd from the Miraflores palace in the afternoon.
"Us workers are here to support the president. Nothing like that had ever happened on live television before, there is no justification for this attack against the president," said Melanie Diaz, 40, who works at the Food Ministry.
The vice president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Tania Diaz, called on her compatriots to attend. "Monday of popular march in support of our president and in repudiation of the failed assassination attempt that sought to plunge us into a spiral of violence," he said on Twitter.
Messages and statements of support and solidarity from World leaders, governments, and intellectuals continued pouring in Monday as they condemned the assassination attempt against Venezuela's President Maduro.