Caracas — Tens of thousands of people who want to see President Nicolás Maduro removed from power swarmed the streets of the capital and other cities on Saturday, as an air force general announced he had turned against the authoritarian government. An opposition that appeared fractured and broken in has been revived after a new leader, Juan Guaidó, was sworn-in on January 23 as interim president, directly challenging the rule of Maduro. The US and other countries have recognised Guaidó as the country’s leader, with the Trump administration announcing sanctions to squeeze the country’s lifeblood, oil exports. Addressing the raucous crowd, Guaidó said that revenue the US would funnel from Venezuelan assets to opponents of the regime would be used for humanitarian aid that would be dispatched soon from neighbouring Colombia and Brazil to help the hungry and sick. The tactic is designed to pressure Venezuela’s military to allow aid across the border and defy Maduro, who claims there is ...

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