As political tensions continue to run high in Venezuela, opposing marches took to the streets in Caracas on the 207th anniversary of the South American country's independence to rally in support of and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Dressed in red, the color associated with the Bolivarian Revolution set in motion by late President Hugo Chavez, thousands of government supporters poured into the capital city in the name of defending the country's sovereignty in the face of right-wing violence and threats of foreign intervention. Maduro called the rallies in repsonse to opposition plans for a "Mega March" the same day.
The marches come just one day after President Nicolas Maduro accused the U.S. government of backing a coup plot in the country, saying security forces had arrested an “armed commando group sent by the opposition in order to attack the mobilization called by the right-wing for Wednesday to generate violence and deaths in the country.”
Ahead of the marches, Maduro claimed the pro-government contingent would mark the largest "red tide" in the country's history.
teleSUR takes a look at both sides of the political divide filling the streets of Caracas.