Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido told his supporters Saturday at a rally in Caracas that he had instructed his ambassador to the U.S.to contact the US military to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to step down from his post.
Guaido was speaking at a rally in support of opposition lawmakers who have been arrested, taken refuge at foreign embassies in Caracas, and been threatened in recent days amid a broad crackdown by Maduro against congress after the April 30 uprising.
Representatives of the U.S. Southern Command and Vecchio did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The United States, European Union and several Latin American states have criticised Mr Zambrano's arrest.
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions in 2017 on Moreno and the seven principal members of the court's constitutional chamber for rulings that "usurped the authority" of the opposition-controlled legislature, the National Assembly, now headed by Guaido. He also questioned his administration's strong support for Guaido.
The opposition said Mr Maduro had stacked the court with his own supporters.
Against that backdrop, Guaido's call for major street demonstrations Saturday in response drew meager crowds.
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In a letter Saturday in La Stampa daily, Premier Giuseppe Conte said Italy considers Guaidó the democratically elected president of the National Assembly, and that President Nicolás Maduro has no "democratic legitimacy".
The decision to strip legislators of their immunity and to arrest Zambrano was condemned as "unconstitutional" in a statement on Thursday by the Lima Group, a regional bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Canada.
Guaido's chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, was arrested in March and remains in jail.
Last week, Leopoldo Lopez - Guaido's political mentor - moved into Spain's diplomatic residence after escaping house arrest to appear alongside Guaido during his call for the military to rise up. The United States used to be the main buyer of Venezuelan abundant oil, while in the last decade the Russian Federation - mostly through Rosneft - invested and increased its participation in extraction fields and commercialization of Venezuelan oil.
But Maduro retains control of the military and state functions.
"The U.S. will take further action if Cuba continues to receive Venezuelan oil in exchange for military support", he said.