CUCUTA, Colombia – Venezuela's National Guard fired tear gas for residents who cleared a barricaded border bridge for Colombia on Saturday when the opposition began to deal with its high-risk humanitarian delivery plan for Venezuela, objections by President Nicola Maduro.
At noon, opposition leader Juan Guaydo pulled out on a semi-trailer and shook hands with his driver while he and Colombian President Ivan Duke served ceremonially on a convoy with help to transport nearly 200 metric tons mostly US emergency food and medications from the Colombian border town of Kukuta.
"Our call to the armed forces can not be clearer: put it on the right side of history," he said in a call to the troops that make Maduro's last remaining main foothold in a country devastated by hyperinflation and widespread deficiency .
A woman with a national flag waits on the side of a highway in Caracas to see a caravan from Minavat coaches organized by the leader the opposition and self-proclaimed acting President Juan Guido as they head to the border with Colombia to bring US humanitarian aid. But clashes began at dawn in the Venezuelan border town of Urena when residents began removing yellow-metal barricades and barbed wire, blocking the bridge of Francisco de Paula Santander, the National Guard of the United States Venezuela reacted strongly, firing tear gas and flames to the protesters, some of them masking youth throwing stones that asked for the aid to pass.
Later the young man picked up a city bus and set it on fire. In the words of local health officials in Urena, at least twenty people have been injured in violations.
The potential moment for the government and the opposition in Venezuela comes just one month after a 35-year-old member of Guaido who has declared himself a temporary president on the basis of a controversial reading of the constitution before a sea of supporters. Although he has gained popular support and recognition from over 50 countries, he has not sealed the support of the military, whose loyalty to Maduro is crucial.
"We're tired. There's no work, nothing, "said 31-year-old Andrea Montanez as he sat on the curb, recovering from the strand of tear gas used to scatter the crowd.
A single mother, she said she lost her job as a seamstress in December. and had to comfort the fears of her 10-year-old daughter that she would remain the orphan when she decided to join the Saturday protest.
"I told her I had to go out in the streets because there was no bread," she said. "But these soldiers are scary. It is as if they are pursuing us.
Simon Bolivar, a group of blue vest volunteers, approached the police line and shook the officers' hands, urging them to join them. But good will lasted for a while, and a few hours later they were repulsed with tear gas, causing a chaotic panic escape.
In the same post, four national guards were deserted at the beginning of the day and hid in Colombia.
Video provided by the Colombian authorities shows three of the men passing through the crowd with rifles and pistols held over their heads as a sign of transmission. The young soldiers were then ordered to face down on the ground, as migrant officers urged angry spectators to observe a safe distance. He called on his comrades to join him: "There is much dissatisfaction in the forces, but also a lot of fear."
has offered amnesty to soldiers joining the opposition, applauding their courage, saying it is a sign that Maduro's support is falling apart.
"They are not deserters," he told Twitter. "They have decided to put on the people's side and the constitution …" The arrival of freedom and democracy in Venezuela can not be held. "
International leaders, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, call for
But Friday a member of the indigenous tribe was killed and 22 people were injured in security clashes that imposed an order on Maduro to retain the an intersection with Brazil.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Areas said the military "will never have orders to shoot civilian population," and likened to support for the media spectacle.
We can only hope that in Kukuta, Colombia, common sense and common sense will prevail, and that it will remain like a big show, a great party, and that they are not trying to open the door to military intervention, "he said. Friday. at the headquarters of the United Nations
Progress comes at a giant concert organized by British billionaire Richard Branson in order to put pressure on Maduro to accept the aid. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans gathered in the field to hear pop stars like Juan singing under the fiery sun. Guaydo gave a surprising view of the end.
The opposition plans to hold three simultaneous shots on Saturday. In addition to the events in Colombia, they also hope to receive humanitarian aid delivered at sea across Venezuela's border with Brazil, which Maduro's government has ordered closed.
Against the sometimes chaotic and difficult-to-check flow of information, Opposition Deputies and Guaydo said the first shipment of humanitarian aid went to Venezuela from Brazil, although reports from the ground revealed that two trucks carrying the aid had climbed only to the border.
t capital. Government opponents, one of them, dressed as Captain America, nodded at the supreme role of the Trump administration, turning Maduro, headed for an air base. With the opposition mostly mobilized at the border, a much larger mass of state supporters, some of them with motorcycles, fits into the center of the presidential palace. The American side and in recent weeks the senior leaders have promised their unwavering loyalty to Maduro. Many, however, believe that lower-ranking soldiers suffering the same difficulties, as many other Venezuelans, may be more likely to allow the aid to come into play now. he will be weakened. They also argue that if the military do not allow food and medical devices to pass, it will mean that the soldiers are now loyal to Guaido.
Analysts warn that there may be no clear winners and humanitarian groups have criticized the opposition by using aid as a political weapon.
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"I do not know anyone can give a timeline about when to break the dam, and that's pretty Eric Farnsworth The Council of North and South America and the American Society based in Washington, a think tank.
"For my son, I would risk everything," says 25-year-old Oscar Herrera, a Venezuelan man who drives a 18-hour bus to Colombia. buy medicine for baby to irritate skin earlier this week
32-year-old Hernan Parcia, a father of three, said he planned to go with his whole family.
"I am sick of what happens to my country," he said. "They can count on me."
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