The number of opposition supporters detained in the protests in Venezuela has reached 500 people.
Dr. Alfredo Romero, Executive Director of the NGO Penal Forum, lawyer and activist Human Rights Defender in Venezuela, wrote on Twitter the arrests of opposition supporters and "people's president" Juan Guaido is underway.
#25Ene 8:50pm detención y persecución en zonas populares caracteriza estos días de protesta desde #21Ene. Detenciones continuan. Denuncias de Ingreso arbitrario de FAES y GNB en casas. Noche y madrugada de ayer le tocó a El Junquito y Petare. Ya vamos llegando a 500 detenciones— Alfredo Romero (@alfredoromero) January 26, 2019
As UNIAN reported earlier, mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro began in Venezuela on January 23. Opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president with Washington's endorsement. The National Assembly of Venezuela, in turn, declared Guaido acting president of the country.