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Venezuela Military Uses Barricade to Stop Aid From Opposition

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Wilmer Guiado the taxi driving father of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado

Guaido has picked up a slew of endorsements from European countries after Maduro rejected calls from leading EU countries to hold presidential elections.

Shipments were also coming from Venezuelan companies overseas, Colombia, Canada and Germany.

"This is a process led by the people of Venezuela in their very courageous quest to return their country themselves to democracy in accordance with their own constitution", she said.

The US, which has not ruled out a military intervention in crisis-wracked Venezuela, was the first to recognize his claims followed by a dozen Latin American countries.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, met Tuesday in Washington with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo and promised coordination on aid.

On Saturday, an air force general defected to the opposition and reportedly fled to neighbouring Colombia, and posted a video on YouTube declaring that his country's transition to democracy was "imminent".

Maduro has repeatedly accused the United States of being behind an attempted coup by Guaido, who declared himself acting president on January 23.

His hardline position is at odds with poverty-stricken Venezuelans when have been hit hardest by the country's economic collapse.

Trudeau also announced $53 million worth of humanitarian assistance Monday for the "most-pressing needs" of Venezuelans, including the nearly 3 million refugees.

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At the Group's meeting Monday in Ottawa, Canada, which is a member, pledged $53 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

The funds will go to "trusted partners" and neighbouring countries, he said.

Peru's Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio echoed those comments, saying: "We would not consider the use of force".

The coordinated move by 11 nations including Britain, Germany, France, Spain and seven more European Union members followed the expiration of an ultimatum for Maduro to call a new presidential election, aligning them with Washington and against Russian Federation and China.

"Committing such a crime would give even more reason for the unified countries to ask the International Criminal Court to investigate Maduro", Trujillo told reporters after another meeting with the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro. "If they want to help, then end the blockade and the sanctions".

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Donald Trump reaffirmed USA support for Guaido, saying "we stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom".

"This is already quite advanced, I hope that next week it can be announced by our representative in the United States", Paparoni said, though he did not give details about the nature of the USA -based fund or the financial institution involved.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Guaido is now Venezuela's "legitimate interim president".

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