Venezuela could be sliding from crisis toward armed conflict. Anger is mounting over the government of President Nicolás Maduro's creation of a new super legislative body despite mass protest and global outcry. An armed attack on a Venezuelan military base over the weekend, raising fears of insurrection looming on the horizon.
Reuters' correspondent Alexandra Ulmer is in the capital, Caracas.>> A lot of people I've spoken to say they support the military attack and would support an uprising, because they feel they have no democratic means to bring about change in this country. And many average Venezuelans who support the opposition are frustrated saying the leadership failed to stop Maduro and doesn't have a clear plan.
A lot of young men, hooded, manning barricades across Caracas. And the country is saying they are the real resistance, and they don't believe in the opposition leadership. It seems we're entering a new, uncharted and extremely volatile chapter of the Venezuela crisis.>> More than 120 people have been killed and thousands arrested in the four months of unrest.
A new prosecutor named on Saturday, pledging a tougher crackdown on demonstrators. On Tuesday, the United Nations described a pattern of human rights abuses by Venezuelan security forces, including beating prisoners, using electric shocks, hanging detainees by their wrists and suffocation. The repression could lead to greater radicalization of the opposition and push the protest movement underground.
>> Venezuela is already an incredibly violent country. About 60 people are killed every day just because of common crime. So we're talking about a nation that's awash with weapons already. So some analysts say they can see a scenario of guerrilla warfare with paramilitary units. We're not there yet, and many Venezuelans are hoping for a peaceful solution.
>> Madura, for now, seems to command the loyalty of the senior ranks of the military. And has said he's already facing an armed insurrection backed by America and foreign interests.