USA military action in Venezuela 'possible': Pompeo

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A woman was shot dead and more than two dozen people were injured during May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela's armed forces in Caracas on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally demonstrators against President Nicolas Maduro.

Anti-government protesters clash with security forces in Caracas during May Day celebrations.

The Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero had already said on Twitter that Lopez and his wife had made the "personal decision" to go to the Spanish embassy because the Chilean embassy "already had guests".

Neither Maduro nor Guaido can succeed, however, without the support of Venezuela's powerful military.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Venezuela's authorities not to use deadly force against demonstrators, while the United States and Russian Federation accused each other of making the crisis worse, evoking Cold War confrontations of the past.

Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia, Turkey and a number of other countries have voiced their support for Maduro as the only legitimate president of Venezuela.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry, said such assertions were part of a "global information and psychological war against Venezuela and Caracas".

Russian Federation also hinted to the United States that it was opposed to possible military intervention in Venezuela. "It's not going to lead to an improvement of relations". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "the USA could take military action" to solve the problem. He conceded Venezuela has deep economic troubles, but said the path set by Chavez and Maduro is firm.

Maduro also called a march of his own supporters on Wednesday.

"I don't want to say it was a disaster, but it wasn't a success", said Marilina Carillo, who was standing in a crowd of anti-government protesters blowing horns and whistles.

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He said that despite the turmoil he was encouraged by the opposition's bold moves and would join them in Wednesday's protest.

"The Secretary urged Russian Federation to cease support for Nicolas Maduro and join other nations, including the overwhelming majority of countries in the Western Hemisphere, who seek a better future for the Venezuelan people", the Spokesperson stated. "No, we say. This will not stand". There and elsewhere, state security forces launched tear gas and fired rubber bullets while bands of mostly young men armed with makeshift shields threw rocks and set a motorcycle ablaze.

Maduro said Guaido's actions "will not go unpunished".

"We can't leave the streets", she said.

I know the Venezuelan military; I've trained some of them.

In astonishing scenes on Tuesday, violence broke out on the streets of Caracas after opposition leader Juan Guaido and Leopoldo Lopez - freed from house arrest by deserted Venezuelan security forces - called for an uprising early in the morning. My children and nearly all my family have already left Venezuela.

"We have been confronting different types of aggression and attempted coups never before seen in our history", he said on Tuesday.

Millions of Venezuelans - sick of out-of-control inflation, severe food and fuel shortages, a lack of medical care, and periodic blackouts - have fled the country.

He added that the USA could never bring a puppet president to the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. "The whole world must respect the democratic choice of the people in Venezuela".

However, Fox's web editors took his statements one step further, subtly manipulating his words to imply that Diaz-Balart believed with certainty that Moscow had placed nuclear missiles in the South American country.

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