Venezuela crisis: Juan Guaido PLEADS for US help after DEADLY clashes leave two dead

Sunday, February 24, 2019
By Paul Martin

CRISIS-STRICKEN Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido has pleaded with nations around the world to consider “all measures to free” his country from President Nicolas Maduro’s grip, hours after two died in bloody clashes.

Sun, Feb 24, 2019

Mr Guaido, 35, who has been recognised as the legitimate Venezuelan President by dozens of nations including the UK and the US, called for external intervention to bring the oil-rich country’s chaos to an end. On Saturday a 14-year-old boy was among two people killed when Venezuelan soldiers and civilians clashed on the country’s borders during opposition-led efforts to bring in trucks of aid from Brazil and Colombia. Washington condemned the brutality which it blamed on “Maduro’s thugs” and branded the president a “sick tyrant” for refusing to allow much-needed food and medicine to reach his own people.

US President Donald Trump has not ruled out using military force to address Venezuela’s problems.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, wrote on Twitter: “The US condemns the attacks on civilians in Venezuela perpetrated by Maduro’s thugs.

“These attacks have resulted in deaths and injuries.”

He added: “What kind of a sick tyrant stops food from getting to hungry people? The images of burning trucks filled with aid are sickening.”

Mr Guaido marshalled volunteers to peacefully transport aid into the country, where rising inflation has meant many Venezuelans cannot afford basic necessities.

President Maduro responded by partly closing the country’s borders, saying threats to security and sovereignty had left him with little choice.

Venezuelan police prevented the convoys from coming in and civilians tried to cross the borders to get their hands on the donated items.

They were met with brutal force including live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.

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