Venezuela: Maduro and Guaidó’s supporters return to the streets

Supporters of Venezuela’s leader, Nicolás Maduro, and his US-backed challenger, Juan Guaidó, returned to the streets on Saturday amid fears the political crisis could be entering a turbulent new phase.

After a strained 48 hours for Venezuela, in which almost the entire country was affected by a blackout, thousands of demonstrators turned out to champion their respective leaders, both of whom claim the presidency.

“I’m here to support President Maduro … he is the constitutional president of our Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” said María Reyes, a 52-year-old woman who was among the crowds at a pro-Maduro rally in central Caracas. She said she was there to defend Hugo Chávez’s political heir and denounce “the imposter Guaidó” as a threat to peace.