Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido says he has started the “final phase” of his plan to oust the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
He is calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him.
Guaido, in a video posted on his Twitter account, was accompanied by men in military uniform and opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, who has been placed under house arrest.
Videos emerged on social media showing military personnel calling on Venezuelans to join Guaido and “join freedom.”
Images posted to Twitter show Venezuelans gathering to protest.
There are reports that internet and cell phone service have been restricted in parts of Venezuela.
in January, Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled national assembly invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's re-election in 2018 was illegitimate.
He has been travelling outside the capital Caracas more and more in recent weeks to try to put pressure on Maduro to step down.
Around 50 countries including the United States have recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, and Washington has imposed sanctions to try to dislodge Maduro.
However, the Maduro regime says the situation is under control.
They are calling on Venezuelans to go to Miraflores palace, the official workplace of the president, to "defend peace."