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Venezuela military blocks aid shipment

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Published on February 10, 2019 with No Comments

Venezuelan military officers have blocked a bridge on the border with Colombia ahead of an anticipated humanitarian aid shipment as opposition leader Juan Guaido stepped up his challenge to President Nicolas Maduro’s authority.

The opposition-dominated National Assembly had earlier warned the armed forces, which make up much of Maduro’s power base, not to cross a “red line” by blocking aid. Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting President on January 23, claims that up to 300,000 people face death if the aid is not delivered. “You know there’s a red line, you know well there’s a limit, you know that food and medical supplies are that limit,” lawmaker Miguel Pizarro said in a message to the military. Maduro, though, said humanitarian aid would be the forerunner of a US-led invasion, insisting that “no one will enter, not one invading soldier.” Venezuelan military officers used a tanker truck and huge shipping container to block access to the Tienditas bridge, which links Cucuta, Colombia to Urena, Venezuela. Franklyn Duarte, an opposition lawmaker from the border state of Tachira, said troops from the armed forces were blocking the crossing.

The aid delivery was being coordinated by Guaido, who has declared himself interim President and now enjoys the backing of some 40 countries as Venezuela’s legitimate leader. Maduro, 56, has repeatedly accused the US of fomenting a coup. The US, which has not ruled out a military intervention in Venezuela, was the first to recognise him as acting President, followed by a dozen Latin American nations.

 

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