Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brazil to Open Aid Storage Centre for Venezuela: Guaido Envoys

Brazil to Open Aid Storage Centre for Venezuela: Guaido Envoys

Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country's Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country's capital of Caracas on January 23.

Maduro and his "corrupt regime" has been backed into a corner and will soon crumble, with or without outside help, because 90 percent of the population are fed up and want change - and the army will soon too side with Venezuelan people, Guaido claimed. He directed his comments at soldiers deployed to a bridge connecting Venezuela with Colombia.

PDVSA's move comes after the United States imposed tough, new financial sanctions on January 28 aimed at blocking Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's access to the country's oil revenue.

Maduro has rejected humanitarian aid as a USA 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.

He also voiced against U.S. President Donald Trump, "get out Donald Trump, get out his threats", Maduro said.

A stockpile of USA aid - medicines, medical equipment and nutritional supplements - is in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.

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

His arrival in India coincides with swirling speculation over the future of the Venezuelan oil industry, following a ban on its crude by the Donald Trump administration. "There are armed forces here and a people to defend the honor, dignity, and decorum".

The military's backing is critical to the sway of power in Venezuela.

The United States was the first to recognize Guaido as the president of Venezuela, followed by Canada, and many Latin and European nations.

A few European nations have joined the Trump administration in its support of Guaido as the interim president, although those nations professing political support have not taken the additional step of backing U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil giant PDVSA as well as other restrictions on financial transactions imposed by Washington.

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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