Venezuela Military Uses Barricade to Stop Aid From Opposition

Posted February 07, 2019

Journalists cover the blockade of the border bridge of Tienditas between Colombia and Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia.

The government "expresses its most energetic rejection of the decision adopted by some European governments, in which they officially submit to the US administration's strategy to overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro", it said in a statement, and singled out Spain for acting "cowardly".

Samaritan's Purse has operated for the past three years in Cucuta, giving food, medicine and backpacks to Venezuelans heading to Colombia on foot. Government estimates reach 4 million by 2021 if the crisis in Venezuela is not resolved.

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference.

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Global pressure is growing on Maduro to step down after major European Union nations this week joined the United States, Canada and a group of Latin American countries in recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader following Maduro's re-election previous year in a vote critics called a sham.

Roughly 40 countries around the world have backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who says he hopes to restore democracy to Venezuela.

According to South American publication, El Periodico, Gutteres announced his support for the dialogue, while maintaining his neutral stance regarding the situation in the Latin American nation, which was brought about when the United States recognized Juan Guaido, as Venezuela's "self-appointed" interim president.

She said the Lima Group was emphasizing a peaceful transition to democracy, led by the Venezuelan people in step with their country's constitution.

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Their meeting comes amid massive protests in Venezuela aimed at pressing Maduro, the country's socialist leader, to vacate the presidency.

Meanwhile the Government faces "serious questions" over what it will do to ensure any Venezuelan money illegally tied up in the United Kingdom is returned to the country's people, a former head of the foreign affairs select committee has said. "Sometimes they despair but we can't do anything, it's so sad", said a patrolman located a few yards (meters) from the border.

He thanked each European Union country in turn on Twitter "for supporting all Venezuelans in this struggle we undertake to rescue our nation's democracy, freedom and justice".

Maduro's government, overseeing an economic collapse that has prompted 3 million Venezuelans to flee the country, lashed out at the European Union nations, saying their move would affect relations with Caracas.

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Guaidó also plans to drop the requirement that PDVSA hold a majority stake in all joint projects, as the leader looks to boost oil production as soon as possible, Guaidó's envoy to the U.S., Carlos Vecchio, said earlier this week.