Venezuelan Military Blocks Humanitarian Aid

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Venezuelan Military Blocks Humanitarian Aid
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Venezuelan Military Blocks Humanitarian Aid
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Venezuela’s Maduro regime has ordered the country’s military to block incoming humanitarian aid. A makeshift barricade has been constructed by the Venezuelan military across a bridge into Columbia. The food, medicine, and other supplies are desperately needed in Venezuela, and it’s unclear how much longer Maduro can maintain the support of his military.

While Nicolas Maduro continues to declare himself President of Venezuela, Juan Guaido has been recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by the United States and more than 30 other countries. These nations recognize Guaido as the acting Venezuelan president until another presidential election is held. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Venezuela over the weekend in support of Guaido.

Venezuela, an oil-rich nation, once boasted a vibrant economy. However, following years of large-scale government spending programs, the nation collapsed. In 2018, Venezuela experienced an inflation rate over 1 million percent.

The past ten years in Venezuela have been a nightmare. Nearly 90% of the country lives in poverty. Due to the poverty and political instability, Venezuela now has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

In regards to his refusal to allow humanitarian aid into the country, Maduro said Venezuela is not a nation of “beggars.” The United States has been very direct in their communications to the Maduro regime. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to the move by saying the humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach the country’s starving people.

President Trump has not ruled out military action against the Maduro regime, and has repeatedly stated that all options are on the table to bring an end to the crisis in Venezuela. During a recent interview with Hugh Hewitt, US National Security Advisor John Bolton suggested that Maduro may spend the rest of his life in a Guantamo Bay prison if he does not peacefully step aside. Bolton was seen late last month carrying a notepad displaying information about sending 5,000 US troops to Columbia, a neighbor of Venezuela.

President Trump tweeted this following a recent phone call with Juan Guaido:

“Spoke today with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido to congratulate him on his historic assumption of the presidency and reinforced strong United States support for Venezuela’s fight to regain its democracy. Large protests all across Venezuela today against Maduro. The fight for freedom has begun!”

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