Venezuelan Doctors Flood Border Bridge Pleading for Humanitarian U.S. Aid

Venezuela's Maduro launches large-scale war game amid crisis

Thousands of opposition activists headed out into the streets of Venezuela on Tuesday to demand the military allow in desperately-needed aid, with President Nicolas Maduro's supporters due to rally against "imperialist intervention".

Envoys for Venezuela's self-declared caretaker leader Juan Guaido met Vatican officials and lobbied the Italian government for support on Monday in their quest to keep global pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Mr Maduro said he would block humanitarian aid into Venezuela as it would justify intervention from the US.

During his tenure, Maduro has overseen the worst economic crisis in Venezuela's modern history, with soaring inflation surpassing 1 million percent.

Aid workers remain unable to provide healthcare professionals in the country with emergency medical resources because Maduro - who is no longer legally president of the country but still controls the military - ordered soldiers to blockade the bridge that connects Venezuela to Colombia.

More than 40 percent of Venezuela's oil, which makes up 96 percent of its revenue, is sold to the U.S., and Washington is using sanctions as an attempt to starve Maduro's regime of its funding.

The country has seen medicine and food supplies in short supply. Almost three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent demise. The 35-year-old National Assembly leader has rejected Maduro's election last year as illegitimate, and declared himself the interim President of Venezuela.

In an interview with the BBC aired Tuesday, Maduro referred to Trump's government as a "gang of extremists" and blamed the United States for the crisis destabilizing his country.




He said more than 300,000 Venezuelans are at "risk of dying" amid shortages.

Meanwhile, nations such as Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran have thrown their weight behind Maduro, still recognizing him as the legitimate president and warning against foreign interference.

'The so-called humanitarian aid is just a media show, ' Mr Barrera, who represents the city of San Cristobal, told MailOnline. "It's our money. With that, we could solve all our country's problems".

On Venezuela's border with Colombia, smaller opposition protests formed. "We don't need a building to be an embassy", she said at a news conference at Brazil's Foreign Ministry.

USA supplies were among the first delivered to a collection point established in the Colombian border town of Cucuta.

He is trying to force the socialist leader from power so he can set up a transitional government and hold new presidential elections. She said most young people from Urena had emigrated to escape the crisis. In the town of Urena, across from Cucuta, several hundred people dressed in white danced in the streets, waving flags and chanting profanities against top government officials.

The United Nations says more than three million people have fled the country since 2015.

"The economic war [from the U.S.] is asphyxiating the country, causing much suffering amongst the most vulnerable", de Zayas said in a recent interview with L'Anti Diplomatico.

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