A military vehicle plowed into the supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido in Venezuela on Tuesday signalling the protests to oust President Nicolas Maduro is to become violent henceforth.
In a dramatic video footage from capital city Caracas it is seen the vehicle drove over the center of a road and hit crowd of demonstrators. Initial report suggests no injuries but the protesters threw rocks at the security forces.
The move came after opposition leader and detained activist Leopoldo Lopez called Tuesday morning for a military uprising to oust Maduro.
The 35-year-old had earlier said, “The armed forces have taken the right decision… With the support of the Venezuelan people and the backing of our constitution, they are on the right side of history.”
Maduro’s troops fired tear gas from inside the adjacent Carlota air base too.
United States recognizes Guaido as legitimate president of Venezuela and Vice President Mike Pence said America will stand with Guaido and all freedom-loving people in the country.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump has been made aware of the ongoing situation in Venezuela.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said US supports the people of Venezuela who are in quest for democracy and freedom.
Meanwhile, Guaido has called for a bigger protest on Wednesday saying it will be the largest march in the history of the country.