Guaido Announces "Final Phase" In Government Change Plan

Hugo Chavez came to power in 1999 amid what he called

Clashes broke out in Caracas Tuesday as Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising to oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.

Lopez, who is under house arrest, said on Twitter that he was released by the military.

Maduro calls Guaido a US-backed puppet who seeks to oust him in a coup.

As the two opposition leaders co-ordinated actions from vehicles parked on a highway overpass, troops loyal to Maduro sporadically fired tear gas from inside the adjacent Carlota air base.

Chile's foreign minister said later Tuesday that Lopez and his family had entered Chile's diplomatic residence.

Bolton offered no evidence that three of Maduro's top loyalists had expressed a willingness to turn against the socialist president, except to say the opposition had kept the Trump administration well informed about their discussions.

Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez wrote on Twitter that the government was "confronting and deactivating a small group of military traitors" backing a coup against the state.

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Guaido's representative to Washington fought back, telling reporters, "This is not a military coup". In January, he invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate. "Democracy can not be defeated", tweeted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., again voiced support for the opposition and its stated push for democracy.

Guaido started the day's events when he appeared in an early morning video that showed him surrounded by heavily-armed soldiers outside a Caracas air base.

"Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight", Venezuelan teacher Javier Vanegas told Fox News. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted to the opposition.

The U.S. Government fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy.

In February, President Trump called for the Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro and support the Guiadó-led opposition.

But Maduro responded on Twitter, saying, "Nerves of Steel!" Venezuela's two biggest creditors, Russian Federation and China, also have continued to support Maduro. She said she has been able to reach them, except for those in Caracas, despite Maduro's efforts to tamp down on social media and other forms of communication.

However, late Tuesday, he sought refuge with his family in the Chilean Embassy in Caracas, a discouraging sign for supporters of the uprising.

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