Venezuelans rally in Barcelona to support Guaido

He also describes Maduro as a dictator and refers to Guaido as his president.

In the video, General Francisco Yanez, a member of the air force's high command, called on other members of the military to defect.

Henrique Capriles, 46, a former presidential candidate and an opposition leader in recent years, said the opposition was unaware Guaido would declare himself the country's leader on January 23.

Military is a key pillar of support for the deeply unpopular Maduro.

Writing in an opinion piece published in The New York Times, Guaido called Maduro's re-election on May 20, 2018, "illegitimate" and that, by continuing to stay in office, he was "usurping the presidency".

This month's protests have received overwhelming support from overseas, with the U.S., Canada and many others already recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

In the latest news from Venezuela, opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaidó said he has reached out to both Russian Federation and China. For too long the people of Venezuela have suffered under the heavy hand of oppression but now there is hope.

"The safety and security of Guaidó and his family are of great importance to the American people", Pence said.

"Maduro's tyranny must end and must end now", US Vice President Mike Pence told a rally of exiled Venezuelans in Miami on the eve of the protest.

Maduro's adversaries say he has run roughshod over democratic institutions and destroyed the once-buoyant economy through a corruption-riddled exchange control system and arbitrary nationalizations. He declared that the upcoming month would become a "breaking point" in the opposition's struggle for power and called for new massive protests on February 12.

Associated Press writers Scott Smith, Joshua Goodman and Jorge Rueda contributed reporting from Caracas, Venezuela.

The EU legislature also approved a resolution that condemned the continued violence and the detention of journalists who sought to cover events there.

The United States should pay in advance for any oil it buys as a result of the USA sanctions on the Citgo refinery, a subsidiary of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA, Venezuela's oil minister said Thursday.

Venezuela is suffering from hyperinflation, food shortages and a mass migration of citizens to neighbouring Latin American countries - a situation likely to be worsened in the short term by the new sanctions. The blocking of the shipment comes just a week after the Bank of England denied Maduro officials' request to withdraw $1.2 billion of gold stored there.

Pursuant to the request of Interim President Juan Guaido, and in consultation with his officials the U.S. will mobilize and transport humanitarian aid_medicine, surgical supplies, and nutritional supplements for the people of Venezuela.

He said: "Power is evaporating from Maduro's hands with the passing of the hours".

On Thursday, Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who has helped spearhead the U.S.'s hard-line stance toward the Maduro regime, fired off a tweet calling out the United Arab Emirates' Noor Capital as the financial firm orchestrating the gold transaction with Venezuelan authorities.

Although Arellano, along and his wife Mayra Lopez, left a year ago, they say the problems back home have only gotten worse.

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