Maduro calls for return of Venezuela's UK-deposited gold

13 February, 2019, 03:00 | Author: Donnie King
  • Juan Guaido who has appointed himself interim president speaks to supporters in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.                     Image DPA  PA Images

Venezuela's opposition announced Monday a new collection center for desperately-needed supplies as it prepares to "send a message" to the military that's blocking humanitarian aid from entering the crisis-wracked country with a mass street protest, reported AFP.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself interim president, and has been supported by the United States and other countries. Aside from that, the White House also promised $20 million in "humanitarian aid" to the fledgling government of Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela.

"We will not be participating in what is, for us, not humanitarian aid", Colombia's ICRC spokesperson, Christoph Harnisch, said recently.

With the USA seen as considering military action only as a last resort, Guaido is trying to regain momentum with an effort this week to move USA emergency food and medicine into Venezuela despite Maduro's pledge to block it.

Venezuela is in the midst of a disastrous economic crisis marked by hyperinflation, recession and shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicines.

"Nicolas Maduro should put his hand on his heart and accept that aid", said Mayerly Prada, among a small group of protesters on the Colombian side of the Tienditas International Bridge.

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) - Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent demise.

Responding to a question on possible Russian military assistance to Venezuela, Shchetinin said no such request had been voiced by Caracas.

Maduro also claimed that President Donald Trump had "stimulated the fascist tendencies, neofascists, neo-Nazis within the United States" and the "extremists" in the United States manufactured this crisis as a pretense to invade Venezuela. "We might be in brand new territory here".

"Why do we protect the assets of Venezuela?"

Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido gives the thumb up as he gets into a vehicle after a meeting with university students at the Central University of Venezuela, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 8, 2019.

On the investigation that the Venezuelan Comptroller announced it would open for alleged worldwide resources received, Guaido said that "an absolutely deteriorated regime with no credibility does not have any authority or legitimacy to speak after they have stolen all the money".

"First, we want to reconstruct the electoral branch and an electoral mechanism that will be trustworthy, where not the slightest doubt exists that the will of the voters will be reflected in the results", he added.

"What do we lack today after 20 years of work, sacrifice, to build a majority?"

Venezuela's financial accountability authority announced a probe into Guaido's income, saying he had "allegedly. received money from global and national bodies without any justification".

The US is using sanctions as an attempt to starve Maduro's regime of its funding.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his offer of good offices for a serious negotiation in Venezuela that benefits the people and helps to alleviate tensions that country is facing on Tuesday.

Maduro is refusing to step down or call for a new election, accusing the US of orchestrating a coup attempt.

Mr Guaido called the move "almost genocidal".



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