Venezuela in crisis as Guaido calls for May Day protests

5:06 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

Our live coverage of Venezuela's May Day protests has ended. Scroll below to catch up on what happened.

3:43 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

Tear gas fired at protesters in Caracas

CNN’s Michael Holmes snapped pictures of the ongoing clashes between protestors and the National Guard, near La Carlota military base in Caracas.

Tear gas was being fired towards protesters while they were blocking a nearby highway, he said.

Michael Holmes/CNN
Michael Holmes/CNN
Michael Holmes/CNN
Michael Holmes/CNN
Michael Holmes/CNN
Michael Holmes/CNN

2:37 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

There weren't enough military defectors for Guaido to declare a victory yesterday, he admits

Speaking to a crowd in Caracas, Juan Guaido admitted that he did not have enough military defectors on his side to declare victory during yesterday's unrest.

"We have to acknowledge that yesterday there weren't enough [pro-Guaido military defectors]," the National Assembly President and opposition leader said.

He added: "We have to insist that all the armed forces [show up] together. We are not asking for a confrontation. We are not asking for a confrontation among brothers, it’s the opposite. We just want them to be on the side of the people."

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido delivers a speech to supporters during a rally to commemorate May Day.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido delivers a speech to supporters during a rally to commemorate May Day. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

2:26 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

Guaido appears among crowd in Caracas

Venezuelan opposition leader and President of the National Assembly Juan Guaido has arrived at a protest site in Caracas.

"From now on everyday we're going to have protests ... until we reach our objective," he told the crowd.

Guaido speaking to the crowd in Caracas.
Guaido speaking to the crowd in Caracas. Carlos Gacia Rawlins/Reuters

2:25 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

The possibility of Brazil intervening in Venezuela "close to zero"

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro told reporters on Wednesday that "the possibility is close to zero" of the country intervening in Venezuela.

Bolsonaro also said the 25 members of the military who requested asylum at the Brazilian Embassy in Caracas on Tuesday were not able to enter the building.

"They were not able to get into the embassy because as we have seen in Venezuela, the Maduro dictatorship, there are obstacles so people can't get into the embassy very easily," Bolsonaro said.

12:51 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

Both government opponents and supporters hold rival protests

The protests in Venezuela's capital is just one of many around the country held by both government opponents and supporters.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido's team has called for support from protesters in various locations across the country, including in the states of Tachira, Monagas, Falcon, Barinas, Amazonas, Aragua, Anzoategui and Apure.

But a "sizable portion" of the population has also gathered to march in support of President Nicolas Maduro, CNN's Michael Holmes said in Caracas. He says the demonstrations were largely made up of those from working-class backgrounds -- whom Maduro has vowed to "always defend" the rights of.

A supporter displays a poster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a rally on May Day in Caracas.
A supporter displays a poster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a rally on May Day in Caracas.

11:25 a.m. ET, May 1, 2019

Thousands of pro-Guaido demonstrators gather in Caracas

Crowds have started gathering in Altamira Square -- at the center of the opposition heartland in Venezuela's capital -- but they're "not showing signs of moving anywhere just yet," said CNN's Michael Holmes at the scene.

"The atmosphere here is lively, enthusiastic. There's a few thousand people, but my guess is (opposition leader Juan) Guaido would have hoped for more.
"We saw Molotov cocktails being made but it's peaceful here."
Altamira Square, Caracas
Altamira Square, Caracas

A protester makes Molotov cocktails.
A protester makes Molotov cocktails.