Inside Venezuela’s Showdown: U.S. Aid Can’t Get Through As President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela Blocks Columbia Border

Violence broke out in the border city of San Antonia de Tachira on Friday, after trucks and protesters attempted to break through the barricaded Simon Bolivar bridge to bring humanitarian aid into the country (RT and RUPTLY are funded in whole or in part by the Russian government).

The crisis in Venezuela regarding who is the legitimate President of Venezuela has been underway since January 10, 2019, when the opposition-majority National Assembly declared that incumbent Nicolás Maduro’s 2018 reelection was invalid and the body declared its president, Juan Guaidó, to be acting president of the nation.

Maduro’s government claims the crisis is a coup d’état effort led by the United States to topple him and control the country’s oil reserves. Guaidó denies the coup allegations, saying peaceful volunteers back his movement. President Donald J. Trump has called for Venezuela’s military generals to oppose Maduro.

Maduro is the 46th President of Venezuela, and has been president since April 19, 2013. Hugo Chávez Frías was the longtime President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013.

Venezuela allies China, Cuba, Iran, Russia and Turkey stand opposite the United States in the conflict in Venezuela.

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela has sent troops to the Colombian border to block U.S. humanitarian aid from entering his country. The opposition promises to get the aid through, but success hinges on whether the military will defy his orders. We went to the town of Cúcuta, where the impasse is building to a confrontation.

Venezuela’s National Guard fired tear gas on opposition activists at a barricaded border bridge to Colombia on Saturday, and two protesters were killed near the border in Brazil, as the opposition tried to execute a high-risk plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the obstinate refusal of President Nicolas Maduro (WPLG Local 10 News Miami ABC affiliate).

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The Venezuelan people struggle to cope with the toxic effects of hyperinflation, severe debt and chronic food and medicine shortages, as Venezuela – once the wealthiest country in the region – is mired in the worst economic crisis in its history (Al Jazeera is funded in whole or in part by the Qatari government).