Venezuela opposition takes to streets over blocked aid

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Venezuela's opposition supporters rallied nationwide on Tuesday to keep the heat on embattled President Nicolas Maduro and to demand he allow humanitarian aid into the country where food and medicine shortages are rife.

The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognized by the USA and around 50 other countries, including 20 from the European Union. "Because we have to position the aid and also guarantee that once it crosses the border we have organisations from civil society that will distribute the goods", said the delegate, who added that it is expected that the trucks will enter through the border crossing points with Colombia and Brazil.

Humanitarian help for Venezuela has been gathered in Colombia's city of Cucuta since the last week.

The country has seen medicine and food supplies in short supply.

Maduro denies that any "humanitarian crisis" exists in his country, attributing severe lack of basic food and products to USA sanctions.

"Venezuela will not be made a false promise of humanitarian aid", Maduro said last week.

"It's unfortunate that Europe, after being kicked by Donald Trump, are now behind Donald Trump", Maduro said of the European countries which contest his presidency. Sanctions created to deprive Maduro of oil revenue have left an armada of loaded oil tankers off Venezuela's coasts that have not been discharged by PDVSA's customers due to payment issues. Guaido did not specify from where aid would enter, but said the opposition would go in a convoy to safeguard the supplies.

He also lambasted the US-backed opposition for derailing talks with president Nicolas Maduro. Guaido vows to deliver it to Venezuelans who need it, but Maduro remains firmly in power and has the backing of the military, which has been blocking the aid he snubs as part of an effort to topple him.

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"Why do we protect the assets of Venezuela?"

Guaid will press the Organization of American States to provide support to hold new presidential elections, his representative to the body Gustavo Tarre said ahead of Friday's special meeting at the OAS on the situation in Venezuela.

"There are people responsible for this and the regime should know it", Guaido said after attending Sunday Mass.

Guaido is counting on the amnesty law passed by Venezuela's parliament that guarantees soldiers impunity if they participate in the restoration of democratic order.

Venezuela's financial accountability authority announced a probe into Guaido's income, saying he had "allegedly. received money from global and national bodies without any justification". "I assume they are happy we are renewing ties with Israel".

"There are many Venezuelans in Israel and many Jews in Venezuela", Guaido said.

Maduro is refusing to step down or call for a new election, accusing the USA of orchestrating a coup attempt.

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