Voice of America: Venezuela Braces for ‘Mother of All Marches’ Wednesday
CARACAS, VENEZUELA — As Venezuela’s center-right opposition prepares to stage "the mother of all marches" Wednesday to protest President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to consolidate power, the besieged leader has called for a countermarch and declared plans to expand the country’s civilian militias.
Maduro, speaking to thousands of uniformed militia members assembled Monday at the presidential palace in Caracas, said they must determine whether they are "with the homeland or with the betrayal of the homeland."
The president announced a goal to ramp up their ranks to half a million, from the current 100,000, and to arm each with a gun. On Sunday, he’d ordered military troops to fan out nationwide.
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