"At first glance the coup was a failure", says Watson, "but there could be corollary affects".
Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaido's call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising, instead dispersing crowds with tear gas as the political crisis threatened to deepen.
But White House national security adviser John Bolton said, "This is our hemisphere".
A demonstrator hit by a Venezuelan National Guard vehicle. "I didn't manage to run and hide", he said.
Addressing his supporters in Caracas, Guaido called the protests an "irreversible process" and vowed to continue demonstrations every day "to achieve freedom".
"There is no defeat", Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro said of Guaido in remarks broadcast on TV.
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected a suggestion by made by the United States that it had persuaded Maduro not to flee in the face of street protests, calling the assertion part of an information war.
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to Pompeo on the phone.
- "Nothing to celebrate" - Lavrov, in turn, charged that United States interference was "destructive" and "in flagrant violation of worldwide law".
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In one, Maduro praised changes to the country's constitution, writing: "Two years have passed since the blessed day that we summoned the original power, that is intransferable and resides with the Venezuelan people, to elect the plenipotentiary National Constituent Assembly to bring peace and tranquility to the republic".
"The regime will try to increase the repression".
He added that the US could never bring a puppet president to the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.
United States officials have conflicting opinions on how to handle the Venezuelan crisis, with at least one heated exchange taking place last week between members of National Security Advisor John Bolton's staff and the Pentagon on the supposed lack of military options.
Bolsonaro added that the 25 members of the military who requested asylum at the Brazilian Embassy in Caracas on Tuesday were not able to enter the building.
The number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela worldwide now stands at 3.4 million, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration, announced today.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Wednesday that "military action is possible".
"The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent". Trump officials were back to complaining about the support Venezuela receives from Cuba and Russian Federation while issuing vague warnings of military action. "If that's what's required, that's what the United States will do", he told Fox Business Network. 'Living through hell' Venezuela has suffered five years of recession marked by shortages of basic necessities as well as failing public services, including water, electricity and transport.