Mary Margaret Olohan | Reporter

Several firefights have broken out in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas with opposition leader Juan Guaido calling for a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido’s call came Tuesday morning in a three-minute video declaring the uprising as the “final phase” of his plan to oust Maduro, according to CBS News. This comes Guaido has turned the garrison of La Carlota air base to his cause.

“The moment is now,” he said, referring to the moment as “Operation Liberty,” according to The Washington Post. Formerly detained activist Leopoldo Lopez also appeared in the video after being freed on Tuesday, as well as armed soldiers and armored vehicles.


La Carlota is situated in the heart of Caracas. Directly west is the Fuerte Tiuna military zone which stands between Guaido’s forces and the presidential palace of Miraflores. Fuerte Tiuna remains under Maduro’s control.

Both Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have tweeted their support for Guaido and Operation Libertad.

President Maduro tweeted early this morning calling the military activity a coup and said that military leaders are fully loyal to him. “Nerves of Steel!” Maduro tweeted. “I have spoken with the commanders of all the REDIs and ZODI of the country, who have expressed their total loyalty to the people, to the Constitution and to the fatherland. I call for maximum popular mobilization to ensure the victory of peace. We Will win!”

Video footage on Twitter shows shots being fired on a key route to the La Carlota air force base in Caracas.


“Breaking: In Venezuela – national guards arresting/attacking other national guards,” tweeted Fox Business’ Trish Regan.

“URGENT,” tweeted, “National Guard officials who support @jguiaido neutralizing military to descend from Tanqueta on the Francisco Fajardo Caracas Highway.”

Another tweet shows photos of a commander from the National guard joining Guaido’s “Operation Freedom.”

“A soldier joins the “Operation Freedom” of John Guaidó,” NTN24 Venezuela said in a tweet, “It is the Lieutenant Ilyich Sanchez, commander of the 432 detachment of the National Guard.”

Photos of the entrace to the La Carlota air base show crowds congesting the entrance.

A thread from reporter Thomas van Linge reveals that armed forces at the airbase have switched sides to join Guaido.

Van Linge’s tweets reveal photos of Leopold Lopez after being freed by Maduro’s soldiers.

“Today, US-backed Juan Guaido has broken out opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez from house arrest and called on the military to revolt from La Carlota air base, Caracas. But these Venezuelan soldiers have a message for him and his backers in Washington,” tweeted the account Red Fish.

This is a developing story.

Follow Mary Margaret on Twitter.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact

You Might Like
Learn more about RevenueStripe...