Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido warns military on blocked aid

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido warns military on blocked aid

In late January, Juan Guaido, the head of the opposition-led National Assembly, proclaimed himself the South American nation's interim president, in a move swiftly recognized by the USA and a handful of other countries.

"There are people responsible for this and the regime should know it", Guaido said after attending Sunday Mass. "This a crime against humanity, men of the armed forces". He directed his comments at soldiers deployed to a bridge connecting Venezuela with Colombia.

Maduro has rejected humanitarian aid as a United States ploy to intervene in Venezuela, calling the deployment of aid a "political show" and blaming U.S. sanctions for the country's widespread shortages of food and medicine.

PDVSA's move follows tough new USA financial sanctions imposed on January 28 and aimed at blocking leftist President Nicolas Maduro's access to the country's oil revenue.

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

But a Venezuelan doctor who was part of a protest Sunday accused Maduro of sinking Venezuelan medicine to a "medieval" level.

Maduro said he will make "the sufficient investment for Venezuela" to strengthen its anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system, and equip the militia with "even the most modern missiles in the world".

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"Here are armed forces and here are the people to defend the honor, dignity and decorum of a country that has over 200 years of fighting for its future".

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader has told RT that the "corrupt regime" there is exclusively to blame for its dire humanitarian situation, and promised that democracy will be embraced, with free elections, once Maduro is gone.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech in Caracas on February 8, 2018.

The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognised by the United States and around 50 other countries, including 20 from the European Union.

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

Under Maduro's stewardship, oil-rich Venezuela's economy has collapsed leaving the country wracked by hyperinflation, recession and shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.

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