The United States advises all US citizens to leave Venezuela. In addition, the country also withdraws a part of the embassy staff.
The personnel needed during emergencies still remain in Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro broke all diplomatic ties with the US on Wednesday, after that country had expressed support for Juan Guaidó. Guaidó declared himself the interim president of Venezuela on Wednesday.
Maduro has withdrawn all diplomats and all embassy personnel in the United States and the Venezuelan embassies have been closed. The American employees in Venezuela were given 72 hours to leave on Wednesday.
After Maduro announced it, Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, said that Maduro is no longer about it. "Guaidó is the president, so Maduro can not break diplomatic ties."
Protests throughout South America
In recent days, people have been on the streets again and again in Venezuela against the re-election of Maduro as president. During those protests, several deaths and injuries occurred in Venezuela.
Venezuelans have also taken to the streets in other countries in the region to demonstrate against the president. There were demonstrations in Buenos Aires, Tijuana and Brazil.
Most countries in the Lima group also support Guaidó. Only Bolivia and Cuba are still behind Maduro. Mexico is out of the question and does not choose side.
Although the European Union does not recognize Guaidó as interim president, he does receive support from Brussels. The European Parliament is discussing the situation in Venezuela next week.
Power abuse Maduro
Guaidó swore himself as interim president on Wednesday because he thinks Maduro has misused his power to be re-elected. He would have committed fraud at the elections.
The goal of Guaidó is to restore peace and then to issue democratic elections. He had hoped for the support of the army, but the soldiers stand behind President Maduro.
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