VENEZUELA has plunged into chaos as thousands of people have taken their rage to the streets demanding President Nicolas Maduro to resign while he clings to power and severs diplomatic ties with the US.
Venezuelans clashed with riot police officers in the streets of the country’s capital, Caracas, on the 61th anniversary of the end of Marcos Perez Jimenez's military dictatorship, who swept power in 1948 and ruled over the counry until 1958.
Calling for Mr Maduro to leave his post less than two weeks after his second inauguration ceremony, protesters marched through the city holding placards spelling the word “democracia” (democracy). On this same day, Juan Guaido, the country’s opposition leader and elected President of the National Assembly, self-proclaimed himself the new president of the country, fuelling the riots and the call for Mr Maduro’s resignation.
Mr Maduro said the opposition is attempting a 'coup'
Juan Guaido self-proclaimed himself the new president of the country