(Telesur) – Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido is hitting hard times now after failing to gain the support of the people and military of the Bolivarian Republic. Guaido has gone as far as instructing his agents in the U.S. to beg for military support to help seize power in Venezuela.
According to the Associated Press, Guaido asked Carlos Vecchio in Washington to immediately open up “direct communcations” in order to launch a possible U.S. military intervention.
Guaido also appealed to the U.S. military at the end of his rally last Saturday, begging them to get involved as soon as possible. The coup leader was unable to win over the Venezuelan Armed Forces on April 30, prompting him to admit to the Washington Post that his attempt to oust President Nicolás Maduro was a failure.
The situation has gotten so bad for Guaido that the number of participants at his own rallies have diminished greatly over the last few days. According to the AP, only a few hundred people attended Guaido’s demonstration on Saturday.
Guaido has become desperate and without the Venezuelan people or armed forces behind him, he is now making his last plea to the Trump administration to militarily intervene.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino condemned what he said was an illegal incursion by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter into Venezuelan territorial waters.
“I don’t know if other republics will accept actions like this in their jurisdiction, but we will not,” he said.
The Venezuelan Navy forced the U.S. ship to reroute north after it illegally entered Venezuela’s territorial waters.