Clashes on the streets of Caracas as Venezuela stages mass protests

Clashes break out on the streets of the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Wednesday as mass demonstrations sweep the country.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself acting president Wednesday, and was officially recognised by US President Donald Trump mere hours later, prompting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country.

Wednesday marked the 61st anniversary of a civilian and military uprising that unseated former dictator General Marcos Perez Jimenez.