Venezuela: Guaido will not rule out authorising US intervention

Blanche Robertson
February 9, 2019

Venezuela's opposition leader and self-declared president, Juan Guaido, last week named Cucuta as one of three collection points for the delivery of worldwide aid. On Wednesday the Venezuelan military, which backs Maduro, barricaded its own side of the border, vowing not to allow the aid to enter.

These supplies include food, hygiene kits, blankets, water containers, kitchen sets, water bladders, and nutritional supplements. "They are trying to destabilize our country, but their enterprise was not successful", Maduro said.

Maduro accuses Guaido and his supporters, including the U.S., of staging a coup.

According to Rodriguez's reconstruction of the facts, Borges and other opposition leaders, with the help of the Central Intelligence Agency, were organizing a military uprising in Caracas that was discovered and blocked by Venezuelan security forces on January 21.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido vowed to use the bridge to deliver the aid being pledged by Trump and Canada.

The United States has urged the countries of the world to recognize Guaidó as the country's president.

He maintained weakening Cuba's government and making sure Maduro leaves office would help both Venezuela and Cuba turn toward Democracy.

Speaking on Friday, Maduro said Venezuela's humanitarian crisis has been "fabricated by Washington" to justify "intervention" in the South American country.

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Meanwhile, Venezuela's communications minister, Jorge Rodriguez, appeared on state TV claiming Colombian intelligence, the CIA and exiled Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Julio Borges were behind a plot to overthrow Maduro.

Aid is being stockpiled in a Colombian warehouse a few miles from the Venezuelan border. The sanctions freeze $7 billion in US -based assets and target $11 billion of USA revenue to Venezuela's national oil company.

"Dear military personnel, this aid is also for you. here comes food for your children, here comes medicine for the people who are suffering", he said.

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

Venezuela, already crippled by Maduro's economic policies, was plunged in political turmoil past year when he greatly reduced the power of the opposition-controlled National Assembly and created a parallel parliament that gave more control to regions of the country where he is more popular.

The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela's military urging them to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said.

"Take all that humanitarian aid and give it to the people of Cucuta, where there is a lot of need", Maduro said.

"When we have sufficient supplies, we are going to make a first entry attempt". They aim for "a peaceful solution and dialogue favorable for Venezuela". A Venezuelan migrant from Valencia State, Perez left her home 10 months ago in search of a better life in Colombia. "While we work every day to reach the delivery of humanitarian aid, they insist in siphoning the medicines and food from those who urgently need it".

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