Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out US intervention to force Maduro's hand

Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out US intervention to force Maduro's hand

Kerry Wise
February 10, 2019

A Venezuelan migrant from Valencia State, Perez left her home 10 months ago in search of a better life in Colombia.

Early Wednesday, a Venezuelan military boat carrying 100 tons (tonnes) of aid landed in Havana to help Cubans recovering from the wrath of a tornado. Inflation has skyrocketed, and since 2015, more than three million Venezuelans have fled to neighbouring countries due to scarcity of food, jobs and medicine. "Maduro hasn't had a new line of credit since 2016", said Guaido.

When asked how US aid might make it into Venezuela, a spokesman for the US Agency for International Development said the United States was working with Guaido on a plan, but did not disclose any details. "The end of the usurpation will be the end of hunger", he added, as he called for Venezuelans to reject the Maduro government. "The government and justice [bodies] are doing 100% of work", Maduro continued.

Maduro also accused US President Donald Trump of orchestrating a coup. "This is the only way toward enduring peace in the country". "We will be moving on", he promised.

Some 13 countries and the European Union (EU) gathered in Montevideo on Thursday to promote a "peaceful and democratic solution" to the Venezuelan crisis, said an EU senior diplomat.

Venezuelan migrants gathered there to see if they could receive some aid. "This is humiliating for Venezuela", he noted.

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"You don't feed a country with humanitarian aid", Francisco Rodriguez, chief economist at Torino Economics in NY, said in an interview this week. "They are trying to destabilize our country, but their enterprise was not successful", Maduro said. "Those opposing the government are on the wrong side of history", he noted.

According to reports, trucks carrying food and medicine from the U.S. are now parked near the Tienditas Bridge.

Two dozen nations, including the USA and some of Latin America's biggest countries, have recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, while China and Russian Federation are backing Maduro. On the same day, the United States recognized him as acting head of state.

The emergency supplies have become the focus of Venezuela's political struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and Guaido, who declared interim presidential powers in late January, accusing Maduro of being illegitimate following an election past year widely viewed as a sham.

People across the country have even begun to refer to their lack of food as the "Maduro diet", and have confronted him about it in public. The aid assembled at the behest of Guaido has become the focal point of the effort to unseat the president.

Consultants Eurasia Group said on Thursday that Maduro's traditonal allies Russian Federation and China are "unlikely to lend (him) meaningful support", reinforcing its view that the socialist leader "will be unable to sustain his regime". UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.