U.S. revokes Venezuelan lawmakers visas

Feb 10, 2019, 00:25
U.S. revokes Venezuelan lawmakers visas

Guaido, 35, is trying to bring in aid from the USA but the supplies are stuck in warehouses in Colombia because the Venezuelan military has blocked their entry.

He said the aid should be given to the poor in the Colombian city of Cucuta, where the supplies are being stockpiled.

"We will succeed in letting the humanitarian aid in, because it's about saving lives", Guaido posted on his official Twitter feed. The first trucks of food to arrive at the distribution point on the border are enough to feed only 5,000 people for 10 days, according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, equivalent to less than 0.02 percent of the population.

Maduro says Venezuela isn't a nation of "beggars", despite the economy spiralling into its worst-ever crisis and three million Venezuelans fleeing overseas over the past five years. "If it wasn't for the Cuban thugs that are there taking care of Maduro, Maduro would already be gone".

The 35-year-old Guaido caused shockwaves in Venezuelan politics on January 23 when he declared himself acting president, a move quickly backed by the U.S. and subsequently around 40 countries.

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Mr Guaido said Venezuela's "sovereign and elected" National Assembly has the support of some 60 countries. But the administration has stopped short of imposing so-called "secondary" sanctions, which would punish non-U.S. companies for doing business with the Venezuela government or the state oil monopoly PDVSA.

In an interview with Reuters, the anonymous Trump official said the White House believes the few officers who have defected from Maduro are the "first couple pebbles before we start really seeing bigger rocks rolling down the hill". They squeeze us by the neck and then make us beg for crumbs'.

He said the aid offer was "a message of humiliation for the people".

"If they dare to continue blocking the way, all these volunteers will go open a humanitarian channel", he said.

The Venezuelan military has blocked the bridge where the aid is stationed and Maduro is refusing to allow it in.

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Last month, the 35-year-old Guaido was named leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Maduro has rejected the worldwide aid, saying: "We are not beggars".

The International Contact Group urged "free, transparent and credible presidential elections" in Venezuela "as soon as possible" to find a peaceful solution to the power struggle between Maduro and Guaido. "You're deaf... They've taken extremist positions".

He also said that Caracas is ready to support the "Montevideo mechanism" or any other initiative aimed at contributing to dialogue in Venezuela.

Leftist-led Bolivia also refused to support snap presidential elections in Venezuela. "Venezuela is not suffering the humanitarian crisis made up by Washington over the last four years to justify intervening in our country". "This body has usurped numerous constitutional powers of the legitimate National Assembly, and embodies [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro's destruction of democratic institutions".

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