USA revokes Venezuela visas, rejects dialogue with Maduro

US urges Venezuelan troops to allow aid into the country in exchange for freedom from sanctions

Guaido and his backers are working to prevent the military from blocking the distribution of tons of humanitarian aid that has arrived in the country from the U.S. and Europe.

He accused the Trump administration of trying to violate national sovereignty by co-ordinating the shipment of hundreds of tonnes of medicines, medical equipment and nutritional supplements. "Venezuela is not suffering the humanitarian crisis made up by Washington over the last four years to justify intervening in our country". His press conference in Caracas was twice interrupted by power cuts, which have become common in the capital.

A day after the aid convoy arrived in the border city of Cucuta, President Nicolas Maduro ridiculed the United States for offering small amounts of assistance while maintaining sanctions that block some $10 billion of offshore assets and revenue.

Guaido, a previously largely unknown opposition leader, has been recognized by Australia, Canada, a group of major European nations, a number of Latin American countries and the United States, which have upped sanctions on the country.

We have been visiting a hospital in Caracas.

"Venezuela keeps going!" Maduro said at a recent pro-government rally. The Venezuelan military has blocked the bridge where the aid is stationed and Maduro is refusing to allow it in.

He claims that as head of the opposition-led National Assembly he is Venezuela's rightful leader because Maduro's re-election previous year was a sham.

As Common Dreams reported, Guaido's move to declare himself "interim president"-which was denounced by experts and activists as the beginnings of a possible coup-was highly coordinated with the Trump White House, which vowed ahead of time to back the opposition leader in his attempt to seize power".

Even if all the accusations being levelled against the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, are basically correct, that does not mean that foreign countries can pick and choose the next leader of the country on their own!

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Some anti-Maduro leaders are jailed and others have fled Venezuela fearing for their safety.

The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognised by the USA and around 40 other countries, including 20 from the European Union.

Hector Vazquez Muniz, chief financial officer of Banco San Juan Internacional, said in a statement to the AP that the bank is complying with the US sanctions and denied wrongdoing.

To be effective, this aid must be allowed to enter Venezuela to reach those in need.

Maduro, who last weekend rejected an European Union ultimatum to organize snap presidential elections, said he would welcome the mission.

"While I cannot name names because visa information is protected, I can state that we will continue to take action against those destroying Venezuela's democratic institutions", he said.

Medina previously served as a legal adviser at Venezuela's U.N. Mission.

Venezuela's opposition leader and self-declared president, Juan Guaido, last week named Cucuta as one of three collection points for the delivery of worldwide aid.

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