Venezuelans turn out in force to protest Maduro

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans poured into the streets of Caracas April 6, heeding a call from interim President Juan Guaidó for an escalation of pressure to force Nicolás Maduro from power.

The country has been wracked for weeks by food and water shortages, as well as electricity cuts — results of the Maduro regime’s corruption and mismanagement. Guaidó is recognized by the U.S. and more than 50 other countries as Venezuela’s interim president.

“Something is evident today,” Guaidó said, speaking before the assembled crowd. “Venezuela is not afraid and continues taking the streets until we achieve freedom.”

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 3.4 million Venezuelans have been displaced, and millions more are suffering from malnutrition. The United States has responded by endeavoring to reach the people of Venezuela with critical assistance and has recently requested a United Nations Security Council meeting to address the crisis.

This article draws on reports from the Associated Press.