UPDATED 3:05 PM PT – Sat. February 2, 2019
Thousands of Venezuelans take to the streets in Caracas to protest against embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
Saturday citizens rallied in support of self-declared Interim President Juan Guaido, where he delivered a speech to the people.
There, he said humanitarian aid is on the way for citizens, and called on the military to not intervene in its delivery or distribution.
Further, Guaido said the protests will continue, until all of his supporters achieve freedom from the Maduro regime.
Meantime, supporters of Maduro gathered to hear him deliver remarks, where he agreed to hold early elections for the National Assembly.
“On the agenda, the Constituent Assembly has a constitutional, historical and political evaluation to call for early parliamentary elections this very year,” said Maduro. “I am in agreement. That the legislative power be re-legitimized by the country and that we go toward free elections with a guarantee and may the people decide for a new National Assembly. Do you agree? I agree and I stand by that decision.”
Maduro’s remarks come after the U.S. declared Guaido as the legitimate leader, while European Union member states are expected to follow suit next week.
Saturday marked the anniversary of former president Hugo Chavez entering office, who served from 1999 to 2013.