VENEZUELA’S self-declared interim leader Juan Guaidó has set up a confrontation over US aid by calling for Venezuelans to cross borders and bring it into the country next Saturday.
This is certain to bring clashes on the border and provide the US with a reason for military intervention.
Juan Guaidó wants a ‘humanitarian avalanche’ and ‘caravans’ to go to the borders to get the aid next Saturday.
President Nicolás Maduro says the aid is part of a US plot to disguise an invasion into Venezuela.
US military planes have already delivered aid to the Colombian border town of Cucuta. Guaidó said more aid distribution centres would be opened in the Brazilian border town of Roraima and in the Caribbean.
Outlining his plans for 23rd February, Guaidó, who is leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, urged Venezuelans to mobilise en masse in all of the country’s states.
He said aid would enter Venezuela by land and sea and also urged Venezuelans living abroad to demonstrate and for those in Colombia and Brazil to accompany the aid into Venezuela.
On Friday Maduro ordered the military to remain on high alert against US ‘war plans’.