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Nicolás Maduro closes the border between Venezuela and Brazil

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The Venezuelan president introduced on Thursday the closure of the land border between his nation and Brazil. He threatens to do the identical with Colombia, whereas his opponent Juan Guaido goes there to carry humanitarian help.

The confrontation between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his opponent Juan Guaido continues round humanitarian help. The regime categorically rejects the entry of US humanitarian help into its territory. On Thursday, February 21, the top of state introduced the closure of the land border that Venezuela shares with Brazil.

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"I made a decision that beginning at 8:00 PM on Thursday, the land border with Brazil would stay completely closed till additional discover," the top of state stated at a gathering with the army excessive command.

The Socialist chief additionally said that "he evaluated[ait] At the moment, a complete closure of the border with Colombia "towards what he sees as" provocations "by Colombian President Ivan Duque, together with US President Donald Trump.

"I think about Mr. Ivan Duque chargeable for all of the violence on the border," stated Nicolás Maduro, who additionally requested the Colombian military to not take part in any aggression towards Venezuela.

Juan Guaido, highway to the border.

Earlier, opposition chief Juan Guaido, acknowledged as interim president by some 50 nations, left Caracas to journey together with his supporters 900 km away within the western state of Tashira, on the border with Colombia. . "It's confirmed, it's on its means," one contributor to the opponent instructed AFP.

AFP journalists found {that a} dozen autos had left Caracas late within the morning, however couldn’t say if Juan Guaido was on this convoy. One other caravan composed of a number of trainers additionally left the capital on board of opposition deputies. It was fired with tear gasoline by troopers who had positioned obstacles to stop their advance on a freeway within the state of Carabobo (north), however with out severe incidents.

On Wednesday, Nicolás Maduro, who denies any humanitarian disaster within the nation, as soon as once more denounced a political "present" and repeated that Donald Trump was planning a army intervention to overthrow him.

Brazil's vice chairman, Hamilton Mourao, instructed AFP {that a} US army intervention in Venezuela "wouldn’t make sense" and that Washington's threats have been "rhetorical." And a spokesman for Brazilian far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has dominated out any danger of "friction" on the border with Venezuela.

The humanitarian help saved on the island of Curaçao will enter "no matter occurs".

Juan Guaido, who selected the symbolic date of February 23, just one month after declaring himself interim president of the nation, stated that the help would come "it doesn’t matter what occurs".

On the Dutch island of Curaçao, a airplane carrying 50 tons of meals and drugs arrived Thursday from Miami, obtained by a dozen Venezuelans current on the place that sang the nationwide anthem, stated journalists from the island. AFP. A ship was chartered to switch this help to Venezuela, 65 kilometers from the Caribbean island. However the best way during which Juan Guaido and his supporters particularly intend to interrupt the border blockade established by the federal government stays the good unknown.

Along with the closure of the border with Brazil, flights and maritime connections are suspended with Curaçao and the Tienditas bridge, which connects Cucuta with Urena, within the state of Táchira, remains to be prohibited by containers.

Live performance towards live performance on the border.

As an emblem of the confrontation between the 2 males, two concert events, one to request the supply of assist, the opposite to refuse, shall be held on Friday about 300 meters away, from And one other bridge Tienditas.

"Venezuela Support Reside", the live performance organized by the British billionaire Richard Branson to gather donations, will happen on Friday in Cúcuta, Colombia, within the presence of the presidents of Colombia, Chile and Paraguay. A spokesman for the organizers, Fernán Ocampo, expects 250,000 spectators, whereas 1,500 police and army shall be deployed to make sure the protection of the occasion.

Among the many anticipated worldwide stars: the Spanish Alejandro Sanz and Miguel Bosé, the Dominican Juan Luis Guerra, the Colombians Carlos Vives and Juanes, the Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi, in addition to a number of Venezuelan celebrities.

"The artists who act in Colombia should know that they’re committing a criminal offense, they assist a army intervention", warned Nicolás Maduro.

Nonetheless, the "Hand off Venezuela" poster, the counter-concert organized on Friday and for 3 days by the federal government, isn’t identified.

The Professional-Guaido and pro-Maduro occasions are additionally scheduled all through Venezuela on Saturday, a day that guarantees to be scorching.

With AFP



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