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(CNSNews.com) – Ahead of what could be a significant day in the Venezuelan crisis, the Maduro regime on Thursday closed the border with Brazil and said it was considering doing the same at the Colombia border, in a bid to prevent the opposition from bringing in humanitarian aid waiting in the neighboring countries.
Flanked by senior military officers, Nicolás Maduro said he was ordering the Brazil border closed “completely and absolutely” until further notice, and was also mulling “total closure of the border with Colombia.”
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The Brazilian and Colombian governments are supporting the delivery of U.S. food and medicine to areas adjacent to their borders with Venezuela.
Critics attribute Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, which has seen more than three million citizens flee in recent years, to the socialist regime’s mismanagement and corruption.
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Maduro refuses to allow the aid to enter. He accuses the U.S. of using the issue as a pretext to spark a coup to install National Assembly head Juan Guaido, whom the U.S. and 50 other countries recognize as interim president pending new elections.
Guaido and supporters were making their way by convoys Thursday to the border with Colombia and the border town of Cucuta, where they hope tens of thousands of volunteers will on Saturday bring in and distribute U.S.-supplied food and medicine.
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Video clips posted online purported to show flag-waving Venezuelans cheering convoys on, and National Guardsmen struggling to stop vehicles, with little evident success.
Heading to Cucuta from a different direction on Thursday was the U.S. special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, leading a delegation accompanying more humanitarian supplies being flown Florida by military aircraft.
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And the White House announced that Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Colombian capital, Bogota, on Monday, “to voice the United States’ unwavering support for interim President Juan Guaido and highlight the Venezuelan people’s fight for democracy...
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