Venezuela's Military Blocks Humanitarian Aid Shipment

He said: "I anticipate having perhaps a dozen locations all around Venezuela where such aid will be staged". The stash included at least 19 rifles and 118 magazines, high-caliber ammunition, as well as 90 radios and six mobile phones - and was likely sent from Miami, Florida on Sunday, authorities believe.

Guaido branded Maduro illegitimate over his reelection in May, which the opposition boycotted after several of its leaders were either jailed, barred or forced into exile.

"Addressing military personnel at a "Civic-Military Patriotic March" commemorating the 27th anniversary of Hugo Chávez's failed 1992 coup d'état in the state of Aragua, Maduro pushed back on recent comments by President Donald Trump that the US had not ruled out a military option in its efforts to remove Maduro from power".

"We know that the people of Venezuela are facing tremendous hardship and they need our help, as do the countries who have taken in those fleeing violence", Mr. Trudeau said. It also called on Venezuela's military to give their loyalty to the interim president.

The 35-year-old Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly, has galvanized the opposition with a hopeful message.

The Lima Group of Latin American countries and Canada called Monday for a peaceful change in government in Venezuela, without military intervention.

Russia, China and Turkey still back socialist Mr Maduro and have accused Western nations of meddling in Venezuela's internal affairs.

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Divisions over Venezuela emerged last week during an informal meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Bucharest, with hardliners pushing to recognise Guaido, those with a more cautious line such as Italy and Greece and legalists like Austria and Luxembourg who wanted to reach consensus.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that the global body would not join any initiatives to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela in order to remain neutral.

But on Monday, Guaido accused Maduro of trying to illicitly transfer up to $1.2 billion from public coffers to a bank in Uruguay, urging the Montevideo government "not to lend itself to stealing". Self-proclaimed acting interim president Juan Guaido also expressed hope for the Holy See's support in an interview to Italian media.

The Lima Group's meeting comes amid massive protests in Venezuela pressing Maduro to go.

Maduro broke off diplomatic ties with the United States after Trump recognized Guaido.

He said he finds the worldwide endorsement of Guaido "problematic" but his main concern is the prospect of military intervention - something the US, which is not a member of the Lima Group, has mused about. No mention was made of the current situation: millions of Venezuelans don't have enough to eat, there are massive shortages of basic medicines and the country's inflation rate is slated to rise to 10 million per cent this year.

  • Darren Santiago