What Happened: Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez has requested to remain as a guest of the Chilean Embassy in Caracas after military forces loyal to opposition leader Juan Guaido liberated him from house arrest earlier on April 30, Infobae reported.
Why It Matters: The development may indicate that Lopez has little confidence in the prospects of the current uprising and that the April 30 push to oust President Nicolas Maduro may not succeed.
Background: Guaido led a protest march earlier in the day toward western Caracas, but pro-government security forces broke up the demonstration in the neighborhood of Chacaito.
- Venezuela: A Guaido-Led Military Uprising Appears Underway (April 30, 2019)
- In Venezuela, the Tide Is Turning on the Opposition (April 17, 2019)
- Venezuela: Maduro Lays the Groundwork for Guaido’s Arrest (April 2, 2019)