Canada announces $53-million in aid for Venezuela and refugees

Wilmer Guiado the taxi driving father of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado

The tractor trailers were observed on the bridge on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Venezuelan military officers blocked a bridge on the border with Colombia ahead of an anticipated humanitarian aid shipment, as opposition leader Juan Guaido stepped up his challenge to President Nicolas Maduro's authority.

The crisis in Venezuela came to a boiling point when Maduro was recently sworn in for a second term as Venezuela's president, despite worldwide criticism that his re-election is illegitimate.

Two female protesters brandishing a banner and chanting "hands off Venezuela" breached security at the Global Affairs Canada building where Freeland and visiting representatives held a joint press conference to close the day.

Trudeau made the comments Monday ahead of an emergency meeting of like-minded countries in Ottawa to discuss the political, economic and humanitarian crises in Venezuela, which has spilled over into its neighbours.

"We won't skip a beat", Cabello said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says in a stern tweet that Maduro must let the food through to Venezuela's starving people.

Speaking to farmers, Guaido said the transitional government he's mounting to replace Maduro is taking steps to make Venezuela self-reliant.

Canada and the Lima Group are backing Juan Guaido, the opposition leader who's the head of Venezuela's legislature, as Maduro's replacement.

But a defiant Maduro maintains control of the military and calls the Guaido-led opposition a puppet of the United States, which he says is seeking to colonize Venezuela and exploit its vast oil resources. Jon Snow is joined by the Labour MP Chris Williamson, who like Jeremy Corbyn, has supported the Chavez and Maduro governments in Venezuela.

"But key Maduro ally Russian Federation slammed what it called interference in the oil-rich but now poor Latin American country, saying it was an attempt to "legitimize usurped power".

"For years now, we've witnessed the breakdown in democracy in Venezuela and a dictatorship willing to use force, fear and coercion to retain power".

Ten EU countries have yet to announce their position.

"This is already quite advanced, I hope that next week it can be announced by our representative in the United States", Paparoni said, though he did not give details about the nature of the US -based fund or the financial institution involved.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the worldwide community should help support Guaido by trying to block Maduro's government from foreign business transactions involving oil, gold and other assets.

They also urged Venezuela's military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president and "not to impede the entry and transit of humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans".

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference.

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