They’re not called “useful idiots” for nothing.

(Reuters) – A Venezuelan soldier and a motorcyclist died in a confused melee sparked by the opposition’s barricading of a Caracas street, officials said on Thursday, boosting the death toll from nearly a month of violence to 20.

Demonstrators have for weeks staged rallies and set up barricades to demand the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, leading to clashes with security forces and government supporters. […]

Maduro on Wednesday cut ties with Panama on charges the country’s president was conspiring with the United States to intervene in Venezuela’s affairs. During a rally on Thursday he gave the Panamanian ambassador and three other diplomats in Venezuela 48 hours to leave the country.

The rally also included Hollywood actor Danny Glover, a long time supporter of Venezuela’s revival of socialism who met with Maduro as part of Wednesday’s first anniversary of Chavez’s death.

“I’m very proud to be here with you as we commemorate and celebrate a true man of the people, Hugo Chavez; his memory lives with us,” Glover told a crowd of government supporters clad in signature red T-shirts.

A Venezuelan television network on Wednesday premiered U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone’s documentary called “My Friend Hugo.”

The protests have been a mix of peaceful demonstrations by student leaders and violent exchanges between security forces and hooded protesters hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails.