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Venezuela Is Rising Up Against The Maduro Government Today And Here’s What We Know

After years of unrest and a spiraling economic crisis, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is facing the strongest show of opposition. Acting-President Juan Guaidó has called for the people of Venezuela to take to the streets and fight for Venezuela’s democracy to be restored. Here’s what has happened today.

The morning started with acting President Juan Guaidó calling for the people of Venezuela to take to the streets in a final push to restore “Venezuela’s national sovereignty.”

Guaidó took to Periscope this morning to rally the Venezuelan people and the military to join in a coup d’etat to take back Venezuela. Specifically, Guiadó called on the protesters to take to the streets in a non-violent fight against Nicolás Maduro and the regime that has devastated the country.

“Today, brave soldier, brave patriots, brave men loyal to the constitution have heard our call,” Guaidó says in the video. “We have finally met on the streets of Venezuela. Operation liberty, the Help and Freedom Committees, I invite them to immediately cover the streets of Venezuela. The first of May has started today. The definitive end of the usurpation starts today.”

One of the first things Guaidó did was to instruct the Venezuelan military to release Leopoldo Lopez from his house arrest.

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Leopoldo Lopez was the opposition leader when the Venezuelan opposition first started to push back in 2015 and 2016. His visibility and vocal opposition against Maduro made him a target in 2017. He was arrested and harassed multiple times by the Maduro government and his imprisonment at a military prison led to an international backlash against Maduro as Leopoldo’s health declined while detained.

“I have been released by the military under the orders of the constitution and President Guaidó,” Lopez tweeted for the first time since 2017. “I am at the Carlota Base. Everyone mobilize. It’a time to conquer for freedom. Strength and faith.”

Protesters have answered Guaidó’s call to take to the streets by the thousands.

The coup d’etat, being supported by members of the Venezuelan military, is pushing against pro-Maduro forces as clashes break out across the city of Caracas. Pro-Maduro forces are using deadly force against protesters as they try to end the protests and restore order.

Pro-Maduro colectivos have turned their guns and tanks against Guaidó supporters.

Colectivos were not always the armed aggressors of the Venezuelan government that we know today. It is only recently that the colectivos have participated in violence and fear-based terrorism of the Venezuelan people.

“The colectivos first appeared in the early years of the Chávez administration to inform people of social policies,” Margarita López Maya, a Venezuelan historian El Rosario University, told USA Today. “The idea was to organize people and inform them of what the government was doing.”

Some of the military member under Maduro’s rule have defected to support the Venezuelan people.

“There are generals, there are lieutenant colonels, there are majors, there are colonels — it’s a reflection of the country,” Guaidó told the press about the military joining in the fight against Maduro.

Venezuelans around the world are raising their voices for their home country today.

Venezuelans have been fighting for their country for years. The world is watching on today as they make another push to save their country from the hands of the man they no longer want in power.

This story is still developing. Check back with mitú for updates.

READ: Venezuelan Blackout Claims 21 Lives, Opposition Leaders Blame Maduro Regime

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

READ: Mexico Announces 11 New Pueblos Mágicos And It’s The Post-COVID Travel Lust We All Need Right Now

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Trump Supporters March on Washington in ‘Million MAGA March’ to Protest Biden Win

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Trump Supporters March on Washington in ‘Million MAGA March’ to Protest Biden Win

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Over the weekend, thousands of Trump supporters took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to gather in what they dubbed the “Million MAGA March”. Protestors cheered as Trump’s motorcade drove by the crowds on his way to his golf course in Virginia.

The “MAGA March” Trump supporters gathered to protest what they believe is a “rigged” election.

They are united under the phrase “Stop the Steal,” which is inspired by the President’s assertations that the election was “stolen” through various nefarious methods. The “methods” Trump has alleged are massive voter fraud (untrue), faulty voting machines (untrue), and shady election workers (untrue).

Unfortunately, due to the sea of misinformation on the internet, these MAGA marchers are convinced that democracy has been thwarted. They don’t believe there is any way that Trump could have lost the election if the election was free and fair. No matter what evidence they are presented with, their world view remains the same: Trump was cheated.

According to reporters on the ground, dozens of members of the Proud Boys group were in attendance–the white nationalist group that Trump gave a shout-out to during the first presidential debate.

Also in attendance were QAnon conspiracy theorists, boogaloo boys, and Confederate sympathizers. And of course, there were just those who were there to support the president without being part of any far-right groups.

After nightfall, smatterings of violence broke out between the marchers and counter-protestors. According to The Washington Post, activists “spewed profanity and shouted threats, threw punches and launched bottles.” At least 20 people were arrested. According to The Post, at least one counter protestor was stabbed.

While the protestors (and Trump himself) boasted to the public that there were hundreds of thousands of attendees, the Washington D.C. park service estimates that less than 12,000 people were present. For comparison, roughly 470,000 people attended the 2017 Washington Women’s March after Trump was elected.

The diminutive size of the so-called “Million MAGA March” got more than a few laughs on the internet.

Once again, Twitter users got a kick out of Trump’s insistence that the crowds he draws are huge–when they’re usually pretty underwhelming.

Jokes abounded about the Trump’s counting skills–which seemed to have been failing him a lot lately.

Is it possible that he got his diploma at one of his defunct for-profit universities? That would explain his struggle identifying simple figures.

But this man made an astute observation about the amount of people there.

No matter how you count it, the numbers add up in the end.

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