Maduro: Venezuelans not ‘beggars,’ give humanitarian aid to Colombians

Cheryl Sanders
February 8, 2019

The Venezuelan military has barricaded the Tienditas International Bridge, close to the border with Colombia, to stop aid coming into a country plagued by food and medicine shortages.

A number of countries, including the United States, have accused Maduro of stealing the election.

The same day, Reuters reported that the United Nations warned against "politicizing humanitarian aid in Venezuela".

The crowd waved signs denouncing Maduro as a "cancer" and celebrated the arrival of the convoy.

Maduro has overseen an economic collapse that has left millions struggling to eat and fueled an unprecedented migration crisis in the region.

This powerful photo of a bridge blocked by a tanker and shipping containers lays bare the heartbreaking reality of Venezuela's humanitarian crisis. "You can be sure that it won't disturb Venezuela".

He did not provide any details on how the U.S. military might respond.

Elliott Abrams, Washington's special envoy on Venezuela, said the aid effort was being coordinated with Guaido's team but that the aid would not be forced into Venezuela.

"The legitimate government of President Guaido has offered amnesty, and a place for the military forces, most of which we think would be loyal to the Constitution, not to a dictator, a place to go", Faller said.

He said the supplies would be delivered to Venezuelans when it was "logistically safe" to do so.

Offering a counter-point to Washington's hard-line stance, the European Union and a group of Latin American governments that have kept a moderate line on Venezuela called for dialogue and fresh elections.

EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini said a resolution ultimately must come from the people of Venezuela.

Maduro via Twitter welcomed the call for dialogue.

He claims that as head of the opposition-led National Assembly he is Venezuela's rightful leader because Maduro's re-election previous year was a sham.

Guaido says the May 2018 vote in which Maduro won a second term as president was a sham and on January 23 invoked a constitutional provision to declare himself president, promising free and fair elections.

The possible use of US military force to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raises concerns about the possible costs in lives and unintended consequences that may come from committing American troops to fight and die in another foreign conflict.

General Francisco Yanez of the air force's high command became the first active Venezuelan general to recognize Guaido, but he is one of about 2,000 generals.

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