Venezuela: Guaido call for new protests on Saturday

People outside the Democratic Action party headquarters in Caracas

Even though Maduro hasn't arrested Guaido yet because of the potential strong backlash, he has tried to isolate the opposition leader by incarcerating key allies.

Following Zambrano's arrest on Wednesday, Guaido accused the regime of "kidnapping" his deputy and said: "They are trying to destroy the power representing all Venezuelans, but they will not achieve it".

"If the Americans were to propose a military intervention I would probably accept it", he said in an interview with Italian daily newspaper La Stampa.

The European Union has slammed the detention of leading Venezuelan opposition politician Edgar Zambrano as a "flagrant violation" of the constitution and called for his immediate release, reported dpa news.

But Guaido's move, which he said was the beginning of the final phase of the effort to oust Maduro, seemed to fail to garner enough support within the military.

However, the coup attempt against the Maduro regime failed because most of the military did not follow Guaido's call and remained loyal to Maduro's socialist government.

Venezuela's Supreme Court meanwhile added three more lawmakers to the seven already indicted for treason and conspiracy over their backing of Juan Guaido's uprising.

The 64-year-old's auto had been surrounded outside his Democratic Action Party's headquarters before it was towed, with him still in it, to the notorious Helicoide prison.

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The vice president was among the deputies who had their immunity stripped.

Zambrano said on Twitter around 6:40 p.m. SEBIN agents had surrounded his vehicle outside the headquarters of his Democratic Action party in Caracas' La Florida district.

This comes as Venezuela facing a political crisis, which saw National Assembly President Juan Guaido declaring himself as the President of the nation - a move which was immediately backed by the United States.

The opposition says Maduro has stacked the court with his own supporters, while the USA government this week threatened to sanction all its members.

The judicial measure against Zambrano was dictated after he was apprehended once his parliamentary immunity had been raided by the National Constituent Assembly, and by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic, for being implicated in the attempted coup d'état.

President Trump did not mention Edgar Zambrano but said the USA would stand with the people of Venezuela "for however long it takes".

Guaido's latest attempt to undermine armed forces support for the embattled Maduro fizzled out after two days of clashes between protesters and the security services that left several people dead.

Hours later General Miguel Rodríguez Torres, 57, a former interior minister in the Maduro government who has been held by military intelligence since March, was said to have been transferred...

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