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1 Killed, 12 Injured as Venezuela Turmoil Turns to Music

The standoff also prompted Branson to back the concert, who Colombian entrepreneur Bruno Ocampo said is so committed to getting humanitarian aid into Venezuela that he will personally stay until Saturday to help ensure that food and medical supplies make it across the border.

Guaido, who most Western nations recognize as Venezuela's legitimate leader, gave a personal send-off on Saturday to a convoy carrying USA aid departing from the Colombian city of Cucuta.

Sources from the Presidency confirmed in Bogota that the three presidents will attend at 15:30, local time, the closing of the concert presented as "Venezuela Aid Live" at the Tienditas worldwide bridge, one of the three border crossings between Cucuta and the neighboring country. Get your hands off Venezuela Donald Trump.

"This is the biggest battle that the armed forces can win", said Sheyla Salas, 48, who works in advertising.

Standing near one of the red trucks carrying the containers of aid at the entrance to a cargo port, Venezuelan priest Julio Gonzalez, 33, blessed the cargo and sprinkled holy water on the excited crowd.

Concerns about the potential for violence flared on Friday when the Venezuelan army opened fire in an village near the Brazilian border after indigenous leaders attempted to prevent them from advancing, killing a woman and her husband.

Separately, the administrator of the USA development agency USAID, Mark Green, tweeted last week that he had visited Curacao and discussed possible cooperation with the island to channel official USA aid to Venezuela.

In a response statement Friday, Microsoft said it appreciated workers' input but will continue working with the military.

The aid initiative is a watershed in Guaido's campaign to replace Maduro, which began last month when Guaido said the constitution made him acting president because last year's election was a fraud.

The violence came as dueling concerts kicked off on the country's western border with Colombia, where aid deliveries from the United States have been languishing since Maduro blocked the Tienditas Bridge.

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"What we're hoping is that the authorities in Venezuela will see this wonderful, peaceful concert ... and that the soldiers will do that right thing", Branson said.

British billionaire Richard Branson is pictured before the "Venezuela Aid Live" concert which he organized to raise money for the Venezuelan relief effort, at Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on February 22, 2019.

The decision for Venezuelan troops to abandon their posts at the Colombian border illustrates the conflict posed by pressures from opposing political forces in a time of great economic strife for the Venezuelan people.

Maduro blames Venezuela's dire situation on US sanctions that have blocked funds and hobbled the OPEC member's vital oil industry.

Guaido has said that global aid for the country, reeling from a long political and economic crisis, would enter Saturday despite an armed government blockade.

"This government is going to fall", people began chanting, in reference to Maduro's government.

Maduro declared that he is breaking diplomatic relations with Colombia, which has called for his ouster and thrown its support to Guaidó.

The forces of Nicolas Maduro vow to stop the aid from coming in at all costs.

According to a Reuters witness, two humanitarian aid trucks crossed the Brazilian border although they had not passed through the Venezuelan customs checkpoint.

On Friday, at least two civilians died in Venezuela and about a dozen more were injured in a confrontation with security forces near the national border with Brazil. "We are with you".

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