In the conflict to the humanitarian aid for Venezuela ordered by President Nicolás Maduro, the closure of the border to the neighboring country of Brazil.
“From today, the border with Brazil remains closed,” the President said at a meeting with high-ranking military. Previously, the socialist government had already closed the border to the Dutch Caribbean Islands Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire.
The border to Colombia is for vehicles for years, largely closed. “I also think about the total closure of the border to Colombia,” said Maduro. “I want an open border without any provocation and aggression, but as a head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, I am committed to peace and to guarantee peace.”
pedestrians can cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia so far. Every day thousands of Venezuelans come over pedestrian bridges to Colombia, in order to go shopping, to the doctor or to work. In addition, many Venezuelans use the border crossings to Colombia, to leave the country permanently.
Maduro accuses the Colombian government of President Iván Duque again and again, to forge, together with the Venezuelan Opposition and the United States a conspiracy against his government. “I’m Iván Duque for each type of violence, which could erupt on the border between Colombia and Venezuela”. For Friday, a benefit concert for Venezuela was planned on the Colombian side of the border. On the other side of the border Maduro government under the slogan “hands off Venezuela wanted to organize” a concert.
In the Colombian border town of Cúcuta tons of available relief goods from the United States for the suffering of the population in Venezuela. Also in Brazil, the collection sites for food and drugs should be established. The Brazilian government of the right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro supported in the power struggle in Venezuela, Maduro’s opponent, the self-appointed interim President, Juan Guaidó.
President Maduro keeps the supplies for a pretext for military Intervention and has instructed the armed forces to let them into the country. Guaidó has announced to bring the relief goods on Saturday with the help of volunteers in the country. According to the Opposition on Thursday, a further 50 tonnes of relief supplies from Miami, were flown to Curaçao.
Venezuela is suffering from a severe economic and supply crisis. Due to lack of foreign exchange, once a country is rich in hardly any foods can introduce, medicines and things of daily needs. Many people go hungry, approximately three million Venezuelans have left their home already.
“This is a man-made disaster,” said US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday the TV channel NBC. “On the weekend we will try the relief goods to deliver for the American people, our taxpayers generously paid for. We hope that we can get them over the border.”
Also, the Catholic Church, Maduro called on to make the deliveries happen. “The country needs humanitarian aid,” it said in a Thursday statement published by the Venezuelan bishops ‘ conference. To ask “for help and to accept it, is treason, not a country, but a moral obligation.”
The bishops appealed to the military not to stop the deliveries. “We invite the armed forces to stand on the side of the people,” it said in the opinion. “You should obey no orders directed against the life and safety of the population.”