Video footage of protests in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas show sporadic violence, as the city became the stage for a brutal fight for power in the impoverished country.
The standoff between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition-dominated National Assembly escalated this week after a failed mutiny by a National Guard unit.
Juan Guaido, the head of the legislature, declared himself the acting president on Wednesday in front of a large crowd of supporters. He was instantly was recognized by the US and its allies across Latin America. On the same day, numerous Maduro supporters also took to the streets.
As the fight for the loyalty of Venezuelans unfolded, Caracas experienced a night of violence. With the country in chaos, reports are difficult to confirm. However, Local TV said there were shootings and explosions in at least one eastern part of the city, Petare. Emerging footage shows that the unrest continued during the night in the capital.
Multiple gunshots can be heard.