Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing USA intervention

09 February, 2019, 09:23 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas Venezuela

Volunteers in the Colombian border city of Cucuta began preparing USA aid packets for Venezuelans, despite Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowing to not let in what he called on Friday "fake humanitarian" assistance.

His move ramped up tensions with Maduro's government even as many in Venezuela remain in desperate need of such supplies.

"I want to see how many military officers are willing to commit crimes against humanity by not allowing the lives of the most vulnerable to be saved, 250,000 to 300,000 are at risk of dying if they do not receive immediate attention", Guaido said during a gathering of university students.

Humanitarian organizations have warned that attempting to force the aid into the country would be risky, and a top USA official on Thursday said Washington did not plan to do so.

People cross the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the border between Tachira in Venezuela and Cucuta in Colombia, on February 7, 2019.

Images show an orange oil tanker and two large blue containers positioned midway across the three-lane Tienditas Bridge, which connects Cucuta with San Antonio city in Tachira State in western Venezuela.

Supporters of the military option cite the Maduro government's alleged involvement in illegal drug trafficking, as well the growing flow of Venezuelan economic refugees in the region as justification.

Lester Toledo, who is representing opposition leader Juan Guaido in the aid mission, issued a message to troops, telling them the aid contains food and medicine their own families need.

"Brother, let the aid in".

Maduro has consistently denied that a humanitarian crisis is happening in the country, blaming food and medicine shortages on the U.S. sanctions, which have mostly targeted individuals and the state-owned oil company.

With the Venezuelan military still apparently loyal to Maduro, a source in Washington close to the opposition expressed doubts whether the Trump administration has laid enough groundwork to spur a wider mutiny in the ranks where many officers are suspected of benefiting from corruption and drug trafficking. "Maduro has to accept".

Trump Wades Into Scandals Engulfing Virginia Democrats
Northam , 59, initially said he was one of the two individuals in the photo, then changed his story to say neither figure was him. He apologized for his "callous" behaviour and said the days ahead "will make it clear whether I can or should continue to serve".

Maduro has faced intense pressure since Guaido declared himself acting president on January 23, invoking a constitutional rule to open a rare challenge to Maduro's presidency.

The talks involve European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and are spearheaded by Mexico and Uruguay, two of the only Latin American countries not to have recognized Guaido other than Maduro allies such as Cuba.

Venezuela's Foreign Ministry has denounced any worldwide support for Guaido, suggesting that European governments were acting as part of a US-led effort to topple Maduro, who has showed no signs of relinquishing power.

In response, Maduro announced he was severing "diplomatic and political" ties with the USA, ordering all the US diplomatic and consular personnel to leave the country in 72 hours.

CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.

Asked what would happen if the Venezuelan military blocks the aid from going in, Whitaker said any obstacles would be dealt with as they arise and reiterated that Trump has made clear nothing is off the table - though, he added, the priority is to arrange a broad worldwide mission.

Venezuela's interim president Juan Guaido urged demonstrators to continue their fight against the socialist tyrant Nicolas Maduro in Caracas today.

Maduro has criticized Trump for threatening the use of military force in his country and said Venezuelans would resist USA aggression.

"Is John Bolton Venezuela's military chief?"

Maduro also repudiated a statement issued by the International Contact Group on Venezuela.

The contact group includes Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and co-host Uruguay.

Recommended:

  • Onward: Trump’s AG Crosses First Hurdle To Confirmation on Party-Line Vote

    Onward: Trump’s AG Crosses First Hurdle To Confirmation on Party-Line Vote

    Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate, said he would oppose Barr's confirmation in the final vote. "I don't believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt", Barr said. "I think he reveres the law and the rule of law", Kennedy said.
    Trump reportedly will ban Chinese telecom equipment next week

    Trump reportedly will ban Chinese telecom equipment next week

    On top of all this, the USA recently uncovered evidence of Huawei trying to commit fraud and intellectual property theft. Nevertheless, US officials are anxious that China could one day compel Huawei to eavesdrop on its customers.
    Ariana Grande accuses Grammys producer of lying after pulling out of show

    Ariana Grande accuses Grammys producer of lying after pulling out of show

    She's not expected to attend the ceremony, though she tweeted that she is "still grateful for the acknowledgement this year". Grande fired back on Twitter on Thursday, saying "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me ".
  • Trump announces summit with Kim will take place in Hanoi

    Trump announces summit with Kim will take place in Hanoi

    Critics fear the second summit is an attempt by Kim to win relief from USA sanctions without any real promise of denuclearisation. The two sides are struggling to narrow their differences about the wording of a final communique the two leaders will announce .
    Pelicans trade forward Nikola Mirotic to Bucks

    Pelicans trade forward Nikola Mirotic to Bucks

    Sources told ESPN and the New York Times that the Bucks are sending Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson to the Pelicans in the swap. It wouldn't be surprising to see one of those "Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man" memes being used to describe this trade.
    Storm Erik to bring heavy rain and strong winds

    Storm Erik to bring heavy rain and strong winds

    A temperature below the -15.6C on February 11, 2012, at Holbeach, Lincs, would be Britain's coldest since 2010, records show. Southwesterly winds will strengthen across the United Kingdom on Friday, so it's going to be a windy day for everyone.
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition: An Orange-Licious Birthday

    Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition: An Orange-Licious Birthday

    The only options are whether you get a retractable top or soft top model and if you choose manual or automatic transmission. Only 500 examples were coming to the States, and all 500 of the cars were snapped up, and reservations closed in four hours.
    Albert Finney, British actor, dies aged 82

    Albert Finney, British actor, dies aged 82

    British actor Albert Finney puffs a big cigar as he sits in the back seat of a vintage cap on the set of " Annie " in NY . He rose to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning which proved to be extremely popular with moviegoers.
    Chiefs ask Mahomes to stop playing pickup basketball

    Chiefs ask Mahomes to stop playing pickup basketball

    Mahomes, who was a high school basketball star, looked pretty great on the court against a bunch of no-names. He was just shooting around and all of a sudden it turns into a spin move and juking guys out.
  • Kavanaugh Shows Contempt For the Rule of Law in Louisiana Abortion Case

    Kavanaugh Shows Contempt For the Rule of Law in Louisiana Abortion Case

    The Fifth Circuit's decision to allow the Louisiana law to take effect, is, as my colleague Imani Gandy explains here , bonkers. That vote, though, likely had nothing to do with abortion and everything to do with Justice Roberts understanding his job.
    Florida Politician Resigns After Face-Licking Scandal

    Florida Politician Resigns After Face-Licking Scandal

    Crawford didn't report the incident at the time as he was afraid of getting fired, The Miami Herald previously noted. Oakley survived a recall effort in 2018 but did not run for re-election to her seat.
    Trump's Annual Physical Set For Friday, No Press Conference Expected

    Trump's Annual Physical Set For Friday, No Press Conference Expected

    President Donald Trump is likely to be in good health for the remainder of his presidency and beyond, White House physician Dr. Conley revealed in a memo that he and a board of specialists evaluated the president for four hours with a series of tests.


Popular

Maurizio Sarri explains how Chelsea can beat Manchester City on Sunday
It always worked out pretty well for me as a manager when I had the opportunity to do it. No [timeframe], we work on the Bayern game, but we don't know exactly.

NYPD sends Google cease-and-desist letter over Waze's DWI checkpoints
Before cellphones and traffic apps, the practice of flashing headlights to warn other drivers about "speed traps" was popular.

No wall on White House talking points on State of the Union
Other elected officials complained Trump's lies are destructive to the city's reputation and economy. Now, it seems that the President will be coming to see just how safe the city of El Paso is.

Jaguar Land Rover posts £3.4 billion loss in final quarter of 2018
Tata Motors consolidated revenue grew 4.4% in the December quarter to ₹77,582.71 crore, fromRs 74,337.70 crore a year earlier. Guenter Butschek, CEO and MD, Tata Motors, said "Fiscal year 2019 so far has been a challenging period for the industry".

Mets, Marlins and Yankees Discussed Trade Including Noah Syndergaard, J.T. Realmuto
Scheduled to make $5.9 million this season, Realmuto wouldn't preclude the Phils from signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. He was vocal about his refusal to stay with the Marlins, regardless of whether or not they tried to offer an extension.

Ivanka Trump Responds To Art Installation Of Look-Alike Vacuuming Public's Crumbs
Replying directly to Ms Trump online , Ms Rubell said she would like for her to "form [her] own direct response". A description of the work calls Trump a "contemporary feminine icon".

Massive drug bust exposes cartel ties between Mexico and Australia
The previous record of seized methylamphetamine bound for Australia was 1.3 tonnes found in Western Australia in December 2017. According to authorities in the Australian state of Victoria, around 2 tons of meth is consumed in the state every year.

Mass. upholds Michelle Carter's involuntary manslaughter conviction
Carter was on the phone with Roy as he inhaled carbon monoxide inside his Ford F-250 truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Roy was in his truck and texted Carter that he was having second thoughts but she insisted he "get back in" the truck.

Thai princess to contest election as prime ministerial candidate
She received her Bachelor of Science from MIT and went on to receive her Masters in public health at the University of California. One of the key losers from the announcement will be the current PM and head of Thailand's military junta, Prayut Chan-ocha.

Graphic Details Revealed At Toronto Serial Killer Bruce McArthur Hearing
Numerous men kept their sexuality hidden from friends and family, pursuing homosexual encounters furtively using dating apps. He also staged photos of some of his victims after they died, posing corpses in fur coats and cigars in their mouths.