Venezuelan opposition mum on Trump military talk

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro attempted to march to the Supreme Court to protest its decision to gut the opposition-controlled congress of its powers _ a ruling that was quickly rescinded under a barrage of global criticism but that set off weeks of political unrest that have left some three dozens killed.

President Donald Trump said he's considering a military option in response to the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, raising the specter of a USA intervention in Latin America that could spread turmoil in the region.

Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has chose to push up gubernatorial elections by two months to October, though many in the opposition see it as a false promise unlikely to ever materialize.

The sudden escalation of Washington's response to Venezuela's crisis preceded U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the region beginning Sunday.

Last Saturday's attack left two people dead and came after Caguaripano, who went into exile after denouncing Maduro in 2014, released in a video in which he stood before a group of heavily-armed men in fatigues and called on the armed forces to rebel.

"Offenses and aggresions against the top investiture of the nation will be repudiated by the anti-imperialist people of Venezuela", assured Rodriguez. "Venezuela's government has routinely used the specter of US aggression as a justification for actions that violate democratic principles, and this remark will only reinforce their ant-imperialist rhetoric".

Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned on Saturday the "armed interventionist eagerness by the U.S. against Venezuela", slamming the worldwide community for keeping silent.

His arrest was ordered by the government-stacked Supreme Court less than 48 hours after it levied a similar sentence against Ramon Muchacho, another Caracas-area mayor.

The country's Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas, also in a state TV interview, called the threat from the United States "an unprecedented threat to national sovereignty".

The vote was boycotted by the opposition, who accused Maduro of using the vote to consolidate power. Many American refineries are designed for handling the type of heavy crude oil Venezuela exports.

But Mr. Trump, who is perhaps even less popular in the region, could threaten that solidarity by reprising the warlike language of past decades, when the United States toppled Latin American leaders and the State Department referred to the region as "America's backyard".

Delegates to the all-powerful body rewriting the South American nation's constitution voted unanimously Saturday to hold elections in all 23 states October 10.

On Friday, Peru expelled Venezuela's ambassador.

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", the socialist president said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the he has with Russian Federation. Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro on August 7 on his public television show Sundays with Maduro welcomed this intention to participate and again repeated his call for dialogue and reconciliation via the electoral route.

The White House responded to that request by saying Trump would "gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country". Venezuela can still count on support from leftist allies Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, as well as a handful of Caribbean nations that depend on it for cheap or free oil.

Vanessa Coleman