Trucks attempting to bring desperately needed food and supplies into Venezuela were met with deadly fire by the Venezuelan military under control of President Nicolás Maduro.
The aid was promised by the opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
Protestors supporting Guaido filled the streets in hopes of opening a path for the supply trucks, and blocking the military’s effort to turn the aid back.
The country is experiencing near-economic collapse along with a humanitarian disaster, mostly out of mismanagement and corruption under Maduro, the country’s socialist dictator.
Thousands of protesters across Venezuela are calling for him to step down.
Maduro versus Guaido
Guaidó has been recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by more than 50 countries, including the United States.
Guaido is head of the country’s legislative body and, according to Venezuelan constitution, the rightful leader in the face of an illegitimate election.
Maduro claims to have won a second six-year term in an election that is widely considered a sham.
In order to prevent aid from coming into the country, Maduro ordered Venezuela’s border with Brazil closed. He also used his military to block the trucks, calling them “foreign intervention.” He’s denied that Venezuela is in crisis.
Maduro also broke off relations with Colombia, and gave its diplomats 24 hours to leave Venezuela.
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