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Venezuela’s Guaido says “all options open” after Maduro soldiers set fire to aid convoys at border (video)

Despite crushing evidence of the Maduro regime’s mendacity, Russia’s RT is actually claiming the burning of a truck at the border is a false flag operation,Who burnt the truck? Venezuelan FM says ‘false flag expert’ Pompeo should look among his ‘agents’.

Russian and pro-Russian media are also making claims of imminent US military action. This, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News Sunday viewers that “every option is on the table”. 

Russian propaganda supporting Maduro is absurd.  

A friend made a comment that questioned how people could still follow the absolutely corrupt Maduro regime.  My response?  “They’re sheeple”.  

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24 February 2019

Nicolas Maduro had ordered the Venezuelan military to close the border with Colombia to bar humanitarian aid, which is being supported by the opposition, from entering the country. Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, proposed that Washington consider “all options” to oust Nicolas Maduro on Saturday night after troops violently repelled foreign aid convoys from the border. At least two people were killed and around 300 injured in violent clashes at border crossings, while humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela was set on fire, seemingly by troops loyal to Mr Maduro, according to The Telegraph. Volunteers working for Mr Guaido frantically tried to salvage the medical supplies and emergency rations before they went up in flames. Hours after the chaotic scenes, Mr Guaido said Mr Maduro’s use of troops to violently block the entry of humanitarian aid meant he would propose to the international community that all options remain open to oust him.

“Today’s events force me to make a decision: To formally propose to the International Community that we must have all options open to secure the freedom of our country, which fights and will keep fighting,” said Mr Guaido, who will meet the Lima Group of regional leaders in Bogota on Monday. Mike Pence, the U.S. vice-president, will also attend the gathering. Angered by Colombia’s support for Guaido, Mr Maduro announced Venezuela was severing diplomatic ties with Bogota, and gave Colombian diplomats 24 hours to leave the country. Mr Maduro had ordered the Venezuelan military to close the border with Colombia to bar humanitarian aid, which is being supported by the opposition, from entering the country.

As many as 300,000 Venezuelans are in dire need of food and medicine after years of shortages and malnutrition, according to Guaido. The country is gripped by a humanitarian crisis that has seen poverty soar during a prolonged recession. United Nations figures show that some 2.7 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 amid the crisis, and some 5,000 Venezuelans emigrate from their country each day. Mr Guaido, recognised by most Western nations as the country’s legitimate head of state, invoked articles of the constitution in January to assume interim presidency and denounced Mr Maduro as a usurper, arguing his 2018 re-election was illegitimate. The opposition leader was attempting to cross into Venezuela from the Colombian border with thousands of volunteers carrying emergency supplies. While the need for basic food and medicines is real, the effort is also meant to embarrass military officers who continue to support Mr Maduro’s increasingly isolated government.


4 thoughts on “Venezuela’s Guaido says “all options open” after Maduro soldiers set fire to aid convoys at border (video)

  1. I’ve noticed NPR news and Democratic congress people talking in fact-based ways about the Venezuelan crisis – this is a positive development. I am hearing reports on mainstream media, that discuss the Russian armaments and economic supplies sent to Venezuela, also hinting at the Chinese efforts to fill the vacuum. In other words, the effort to use left-wing voices in America to support the Maduro dictatorship is largely failing, especially has media executives become wise to the verbal manipulation of Russian propaganda such as “coup”, “imperialism”, “us-invasion planned” and “Trump-sponsored”. Instead, I am hearing reports on the “Maduro dictatorship”, the blocking of aid convoys, and the native resistance in Venezuela to the nonsense of propaganda aimed at propping of the Maduro regime.
    What do you think the significance is, of Vice President Mike Pence leading the diplomacy effort in Venezuela?

    1. That’s a loaded question, ‘what do I think the significance of VP Pence leading’…

      What it is intended to send is that the US is coordinating, synchronizing, and leading efforts in regards to Venezuela at the absolute highest levels. If anyone says it’s not being led by Trump is sorely mistaken.

      1. The Trump administration contains many competent individuals. I wonder if Pence is an insurance plan for the continuance. Trump is basically aligned with US-national security interests on most questions; certainly the rise of ISIS was not under his purview, though it was of the previous Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo is an excellent consequence of the presidency of Donald Trump, though the need to delegate may be another consequence; Trump’s general ideas may be correct, but I don’t think I would be wrong to assume he has had a lot of help on specifics.

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