Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Brazil to Open Aid Storage Centre for Venezuela: Guaido Envoys

Brazil to Open Aid Storage Centre for Venezuela: Guaido Envoys

With the USA seen as considering military action only as a last resort, Guaido is trying to regain momentum with an effort this week to move US emergency food and medicine into Venezuela despite Maduro's pledge to block it.

"We will return to the demand the entry of humanitarian aid that will save the lives of more than 300,000 Venezuelans that today are at risk of dying", Guaido said on Twitter late Monday.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó - the man most western governments have recognised as interim president - called supporters into the streets across the country Tuesday in a campaign to break the military's support of President Nicolas Maduro, who refuses to let emergency food and medicine from the United States across the border.

Shipments of US food, medicine, and humanitarian aid are on the Colombian side, with a tanker and two large trucks sitting in the middle of the bridge.

Last week, Maduro blocked a bridge leading to the Colombian border to stop shipments of food and medicine.

Maduro has refused all economic assistance, denying there is an economic crisis in Venezuela - and contending the aid is part of a coup being orchestrated by the White House to topple him.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: "I am deeply disturbed by the very bad scenes of suffering in Venezuela as a result of the Maduro regime's reckless mismanagement, with families resorting to eating rotting food to try to survive".

"Get out Donald Trump, get out his threats!", Maduro said.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a military exercise in Charallave, Venezuela, Feb.10, 2019.

Lester Toledo, head of Guaido's aid distribution team, told reporters that the Roraima center would start receiving supplies next week.

The rallies will take place almost three weeks to the day that opposition chief Juan Guaido invoked a constitutional provision to declare himself Venezuela's legitimate president, arguing that Maduro's re-election past year was a sham. The opposition says the USA -backed aid including food and medicine is needed due to Maduro's mishandling of the once-buoyant OPEC nation's economy, and they are working to get it delivered.

Guaido's ambassador to Brazil, Maria Teresa Belandria, said she had received assurances from Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo over the new aid center. "Who are we? Venezuelan doctors!"

Juan Guaidó is touring Venezuela this week, meeting with journalists and citizens.

"We want everything to go as quickly as possible, but holding elections in a month is impossible". Let it come, the convoy of money, it's our money. "Precisely so that they do not use the resources of Venezuela in continuing to arm the population", he added.

More than 40 percent of Venezuela's oil, which makes up 96 percent of its revenue, is sold to the US.

But Guaido on Sunday reiterated that he would not negotiate with Maduro - as he believes Maduro would use such talks to buy himself time.

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