A car escorting Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president was ambushed by a group of displeased citizens, a short clip appears to show. Washington has rushed to blame Nicolas Maduro for the attack.
The 10-second video, published by a local television channel, shows a car belonging to Juan Guaido’s retinue sitting at a traffic light, when suddenly a man rushes the automobile and attempts to open the driver-side door. The door was locked, but there was more in store for Guaido’s convoy: a group of bystanders began to pelt the car with projectiles.
A cloud of smoke – perhaps from some sort of incendiary device – can be seen at the end of the video, as the car speeds away to avoid the mob.
#AHORA Momento en el que el presidente encargado de la República, @jguaido sale de la Asamblea Nacional, el vehículo en el que se traslada fue atacado con golpes y objetos contundentes por grupos paramilitares armados #26Mar pic.twitter.com/zYVSQvVE4U
— VPItv (@VPITV) March 26, 2019
Although the attackers have yet to be identified, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly released a statement pinning the blame on President Nicolas Maduro.