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Venezuelan doctors demand government allow humanitarian aid

Venezuelan doctors demand government allow humanitarian aid

Venezuelan leaders may be committing "genocide" by blocking food deliveries, the country's opposition leader and self-declared interim president said Sunday.

Maduro and his "corrupt regime" has been backed into a corner and will soon crumble, with or without outside help, because 90 percent of the population are fed up and want change - and the army will soon too side with Venezuelan people, Guaido claimed.

Guaido, who proclaimed himself Venezuela's interim president last month, is in a test of wills with the Venezuelan military and government of President Nicolas Maduro, which has blocked the aid from entering the country.

Toledo said "in coming days we will visit the state of Roraima to see where this storage center will be and from next week we will organize the arrival of this humanitarian aid".

Maduro has said the US help is part of a plot to overthrow his government and said Venezuela doesn't need it.

He has vowed not to let in "fake" aid from the United States requested by opposition leader, which is being stockpiled at the border with Colombia.

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According to the U.S. official who spoke anonymously to Reuters, the Trump administration is also considering imposing sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence officials who are thought to be assisting Maduro. "Donald Trump, get out of Venezuela. There are armed forces here and a people to defend the honor, dignity, and decorum".

Guaido has offered amnesty for any members of the armed forces who disavows Maduro - but the military leadership still publicly backs the president.

Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January 10 when President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.

The United States was the first to recognize Guaido as the president of Venezuela, followed by Canada, and many Latin and European nations.

Guaido, the 35 year-old head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, stunned Venezuela in January by declaring himself interim president after the legislature declared Maduro a "usurper" following his May 2018 reelection in a vote disputed by the opposition and worldwide community.

Maduro is refusing to step down or call for a new election, accusing the USA of orchestrating a coup attempt.