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Weekly Report - 09 May 2019 (WR-19-18)

VENEZUELA: Maduro crackdown begins

It took just nine days from Juan Guaidó’s failed uprising on 30 April for the pliant attorney general’s office, supreme court (TSJ), and national constituent assembly (ANC), to file and rubberstamp charges of treason and other high crimes against senior deputies in the opposition-controlled national assembly, including the body’s vice-president, Edgar Zambrano, who was arrested on 8 May, and strip them of immunity from prosecution. Guaidó, the widely recognised interim president, vowed to fight on in his bid to topple the de facto government led by Nicolás Maduro, but waning protests at the weekend suggest that he will need all of his reserves of energy to raise the spirits of a dejected opposition movement and public supporters.

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