ⓘ 2020 in Venezuela

2020 in Venezuela

ⓘ 2020 in Venezuela

  • 1 April – U.S. President Donald Trump announces that he is stepping up pressure on President Maduro. Trump sends Navy ships and AWACS planes to the region near Venezuela in the largest military build-up in the region since the 1989 invasion of Panama to remove General Manuel Noriega from power.
  • The National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela prepare artillery for a possible attack by the United States.
  • The European Union announces its support of the Trump plan for a transitional government in Venezuela.
  • 3 April
  • 2 April – The government releases journalist Darvinson Rojas, arrested 21 March.
  • Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants return from Colombia.
  • The Venezualan patrol boat Naiguata rams the Portuguese-flagged RCGS Resolute, which was accused of piracy. The Naiguata sinks.
  • 16 April – The 30-ton ″Kueka stone″ is returned to the Pemon people, 34 years after it was taken to Berlin, Germany. The stone represents the story of star-cross lovers, each turned to stone by a deity as punishment for marrying a member of another tribe.
  • The National Assembly, which is controlled by Juan Guaido, authorizes the transfer of US $342 million at an account in Citibank to an account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Guaido had earlier seized control of Venezuelan government assets held in the United States, including Citgo, the US-based subsidiary of the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. ten-most-wanted list.
  • April 29 – 500 Venezuela migrants living in Colombia block a highway in protest of the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Colombia. They say the makes it impossible for them to work. There are 1.8 million Venezuelan migrants living in Colombia.
  • 1 May
  • A riot and attempted escape attempt leaves 17 dead and 9 injured in the Centro Penitenciario de los Llanos in Guanare, Portuguesa State.
  • 17 April
  • 30 April – Maduro refuses to bow to pressure from Brazil to remove its diplomatic personal by May 2.
  • Labour Day
  • Venezuela suffers its worst crisis since Maduro took office. The U.S. has a price on Madur′os head, a fleet of warships patrols the waters around the country, the coronavirus pandemic rages, gasoline shortages threaten food supplies, and a lack of liquidity makes it nearly impossible to resolve the crisis. Venezuela is caught in the middle of an international power play by the United States, Russia, and China.
  • May 4 – Luke Denman and Aaron Berry are identified as Americans among the eight people arrested after a failed beach landing by mercenaries said to be organized by Florida-based Jordan Goudreau.

1. Deaths

  • 27 January – Alberto Naranjo, musician b. 1941.
  • 22 January – Addy Valero, politician b. 1969.
  • 16 April – Carlos Donoso, 72, Venezuelan comedian, singer and screenwriter, lung cancer.

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