Justin Trudeau’s government has imposed more sanctions on the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who it blames for the country’s deteriorating political and economic situation. Canada, the United States and about 50 other countries support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who says he is the interim president and that Maduro must resign. In a bid to secure his position as president, Nicolás Maduro has formed a civilian militia of armed members of the public.
He has recently called for a million more people to join this militia by the end of the year.
The call to expand the militia, which answers directly to Maduro, comes as opposition leader Juan Guaidó seeks to persuade the Venezuelan military to abandon the president.
But, so far the military has stayed loyal to Maduro.