European Union parliament urges member states to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

Venezuelans take to the streets of Caracas on Jan. 23 to protest the government of President Nicolás Maduro

In an area of greater Miami known as "Doral-zuela" due to its vibrant Venezuelan community, Vice President Mike Pence rallied support Friday for opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

The European Parliament has passed a resolution, calling EU member states to recognise self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido as head of the country.

This is not the first time that Maduro has made such claims that the United States and President Trump sought to have him assassinated.

Tensions have increased in Venezuela as Russian Federation and China back President Nicholas Maduro and the U.S. back Guaido.

Guaido said there would be something for everyone in society to do as Venezuela moves forward, including the military.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier this week warned that leaders in Washington were motivated by the desire "to get their hands on" Venezuela's massive oil reserves, "as they did in Iraq and Libya". "This is time for action", Pence told a cheering crowd at a campaign-style rally.

But that offer has been rejected by Guaido, who describes it as a ploy by the Maduro administration to buy time.

Chevron has four joint-venture operations for exploration and production with PDVSA, as the Venezuelan company is known.

Asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour whether he would accept U.S. military support, he said through an interpreter: "Here in Venezuela we are doing everything we can to put pressure, so that we don't have to come to a scenario that no one would wish to have". He spoke Friday in a conference call with Wall Street analysts.

"Chavez is the love of my life" she said, referring to the late Venezuelan president.

He says most of the Venezuelan crude oil it buys goes to its Pascagoula refinery in Mississippi.

"We will never lend ourselves to false dialogues in any place", he said, adding that protests will continue throughout the country.

Most Latin American countries have done so as well, while European governments are also throwing their support behind Guaido, albeit more cautiously.

The Trump administration has backed opposition leader Juan Guaido as he has declared himself the interim president of Venezuela.

Pence shared the stage with Republican senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, and Governor Ron DeSantis.

In an early morning tweet, Trump on Wednesday warned USA citizens against traveling to Venezuela amid the political crisis there over control of the government, as the US and other nations have recognized Venezuelan President Maduro's rival Juan Guiado.

The National Assembly is the only one of Venezuela's five government branches controlled by the opposition. The Trump administration imposed fresh sanctions on the national oil company PDVSA, effectively blocking Maduro from exporting crude to the US, and granted Guaido control of Venezuelan assets at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.

Mr Guaido's call for a massive show of popular support coincides with a huge pro-Maduro demonstration.

"For this, it needs the consent and the cooperation of the government", he added.

Opposition politician Gilbert Caro shouts "Free elections" in a walk out against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela.

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

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