Power struggle turns to music with Venezuela Aid Live concert

by Garry Watts February 24, 2019, 0:42
Power struggle turns to music with Venezuela Aid Live concert

Since Wednesday, Maduro troops have been preventing the entry of US humanitarian aid into Venezuela from Brazil and other neighboring countries friendly to the United States.

The Venezuelan opposition and Colombia on Saturday launched an operation to take humanitarian aid to Venezuela while clashes between soldiers and pro-aid demonstrators raged on the Venezuelan side of the border.

The United States has stockpiled aid on Colombia's border with Venezuela at the request of opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington and other dozens of other Western governments have recognized as Venezuela's legitimate president since Maduro held elections past year decried as fraudulent. Get your hands off Venezuela Donald Trump. "The soldiers came and started shooting at the indigenous people", said Salomon Perez, who accompanied a brother and two nieces suffering from gunshot wounds by ambulance to a hospital in Brazil.

To reach the concert, dozens of people in the town of Palotal hiked through an unmarked trail between high bushes to sneak into the border with Colombia.

At the country's other border in Brazil, four people have been killed as of Friday, and an additional 18 have been injured by colectivos - armed gang members who support President Nicolas Maduro, according to Alfredo Romero, the director and president of the Venezuelan human rights association Foro Penal.

But the U.S. announced on Friday preparations to bring aid in through another route.

In the latest tragic development in Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, one person is dead and several others injured after the military opened fire on civilians who were trying to keep open part of the nation's southern border with Brazil in hopes of receiving desperately needed aid supplies.

Venezuelan soldiers may bar the way.

Guaido, recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, defied court orders not to leave the country when he traveled on Friday to Cucuta, where aid from the USA and Colombian governments is stockpiled in warehouses.

Meghan Markle's real reason for not opening baby shower gifts revealed
Mulroney is, however, reportedly in charge of Markle's baby shower, which took place this week in the Big Apple. It looks like Meghan Markle will be celebrating the upcoming birth of her baby on this side of the pond.

National Guard troops man a barricade blocking access to the Francisco De Paula Santander global bridge in Urena, Venezuela, on the border with Colombia, Feb. 23, 2019.

A man carries Venezuelan flag to the Venezuela Aid Live concert on the Colombian side of Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia.

Despite shortages of food and medicine, Maduro has denied there is a crisis in the country, and says the aid is aimed at undermining his government.

U.S. sanctions on the oil industry, Venezuela's only real source of hard currency, threaten further suffering in a nation wracked by hyperinflation and hunger.

Maduro declared that he is breaking diplomatic relations with Colombia, which has called for his ouster and thrown its support to Guaidó.

"Today the obstacles that the dictatorship created will tomorrow be rivers of unity, of peace", Guaido said in a news conference on Friday in Cucuta, where he was received by Colombian President Ivan Duque.

Guaido took to Twitter to encourage Venezuelans to protest Maduro's blockade of humanitarian aid.

Venezuela's Pemon indigenous community use unofficial border pathways to cross into Brazil to buy food.

It is even expected that the Colombian Head of State will attend Friday the reception of a shipment with the supposed collection sent in a C-17 plane from the United States, whose government leads the meddling crusade against the legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. "We are with you".

Recommended News


TOP News

Pakistan calls back High Commissioner from India for consultations
Kashmir has always been a hot point between the two countries with India accusing Pakistan of supporting militants in the region. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Pulwama and police have asked people to stay indoors.

Anirban Lahiri misses cut at Genesis Open
Tiger Woods claims he endured "one of the worst weeks" he's ever had with regards to his putting at the weekend's Genesis Open . It was the first time since the second round of the Buick Open in 2009 that he started 5 under through four holes.

Isis bride 'should be tried in the Middle East'
In a recent interview with The Times newspaper, Begum said she had previously lost two babies to illness and malnutrition. Her family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said he anticipated she would face criminal proceedings upon any return to the UK.

Train possibly taking Kim Jong Un to summit enters China
Travel by train has been a favorite mode of transport for Kim Jong Un, and his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung. Trump will likely come on May 26 to 28, and he is expected to be the first foreign leader to future emperor will meet.

NASA Says Goodbye to Opportunity Rover After Months of Silence
According to NASA's Mars map , the Curiosity and Opportunity sites are about 5,200 miles (8,400 km) apart from one another. Margolis also shared what's believed to be Oppy's final message to crews back home before it lost contact in June.

New York Times on Trump's attack: 'It's dangerous'
Don Bacon: Well I think some of the individuals the president brought in did violate the law, so they're being punished for it. He previously said that " no one objected " when he informed the group of the opening of the probe into Trump.

Pulwama Terror Attack: Pakistan Writes to UN, Seeks Intervention to 'De-escalate' Tension
Kashmir has always been a hot point between the two countries with India accusing Pakistan of supporting militants in the region. The global community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve center of terrorism , the statement said .

#NigeriaDecides: Buhari ‘flogs’ Atiku in Obasanjo’s polling unit
Domestic and global observers to the Nigerian presidential elections were present at polling stations in Yola and Abuja. The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the elections held in many parts of the country.

Kelly Video Shows Him Sexually Assaulting Underage Girl
Avenatti claims the new tape has never been previously disclosed or been seen by law enforcement until now. The embattled singer has been under renewed fire following the recent release of Lifetime's "Surviving R.

Khloe Kardashian 'splits' from Tristan after he 'cheats' with Kylie's best friend
Kylie has not yet commented on the issue but TUKO.co.ke understands she is conflicted and trying to figure things out. And despite the scandal, the 34-year-old seemed in a good mood as she arrived at Kanye West's office in Calabasas.