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The Latest: Pence Calls Maduro a 'dictator' in Video Message

The Latest: Pence Calls Maduro a 'dictator' in Video Message

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 12:38 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on a National Guard uprising in Venezuela (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says Venezuelans have the "unwavering support" of the United States in their effort to restore democracy to their country.

In a video message released Tuesday, Pence called Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro a "dictator with no legitimate claim to power."

The vice president says the U.S. joins other "freedom-loving" nations in recognizing the popularly elected National Assembly as the "last vestige of democracy" in Venezuela. He says he supports the decision by National Assembly president and opposition leader Juan Guaido to declare Maduro a "usurper" and call for the creation of a transitional government.

Anti-Maduro demonstrations are expected nationwide on Wednesday.

Pence says the American people will be with Venezuelans until democracy is restored.

11:20 a.m.

Foreign ministers of five European countries say they want the European Union to take an active role in international mediation they deem necessary in Venezuela, where the opposition is readying for a new round of anti-government protests on Wednesday.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the foreign affairs ministers of Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands are urging EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to intensify contacts to establish "as soon as possible" a so-called "Group of International Contact."

"It's crucially important for Europe to have a significant presence in such Group of Contact in order to promote adequately our common interests," the statement says.

Venezuela plunged deeper into turmoil Monday as security forces put down a pre-dawn uprising by National Guardsmen that triggered violent street protests.

11 a.m.

Working class neighborhoods in Venezuela's capital are sifting through charred rubble and smoldering trash after violence erupted a day earlier.

Local merchant Carmen Martinez said Tuesday her neighbors in Caracas took to the streets because they were fed up with rising costs and a lack of basic goods.

Isolated protests broke out after officials arrested more than two dozen National Guardsmen who mounted an uprising against President Nicolas Maduro.

Drivers in one neighborhood veered around an overturned trash bin in the middle of a busy street. Security forces left behind dozens of empty tear gas canisters fired to subdue angry residents.

Student Jesus Veroes says he's saddened by a clash with police in his neighborhood that left an important cultural center a burned ruin.

Large demonstrations nationwide are expected Wednesday.

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