Shots heard at Guaido rally in Caracas - VIDEO- UPDATED

Shots heard at Guaido rally in Caracas  - VIDEO- UPDATED
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Shots are being reported at the Guaido rally, hours after the self-proclaimed Venezuelan head urged the country's military to stand against President Maduro. However, it's still unclear who fired the shots, ONAreports citing local media

Earlier in the day, Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of the country, Juan Guaido, published a video calling on soldiers to join the ranks of his supporters against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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The leader of Venezuela's opposition, Juan Guaidó, on Tuesday declared "the start of the end of the usurpation," in a dawn address in which he was flanked by men in military fatigues and armored vehicles in the capital Caracas, ONAreports citing CNN.

Guaidó, who is head of Venezuela's national assembly and has been recognized as president by dozens of other countries, has led months of protest against the Maduro government, yet Tuesday marked his boldest attempt yet to involve the military in the removal of the Venezuelan president.

In the video, broadcast on Guaidó's social media account, another key opposition figure, Leopoldo Lopez, appeared to be present.

Lopez is currently under house arrest, and it was unclear how he had evaded custody to take part in the video, which Guaidó said was filmed in a military airbase, La Carlota.

Guaidó has called for nationwide demonstrations on May 1, and said his announcement signaled the start of that protest a day early.

He later tweeted, "The people of Venezuela initiated the end of the usurpation. At this moment I am meeting with the main military units of our Armed Forces, beginning the final phase of Operation Freedom."

Faiq Mahmudov

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