CÚCUTA, Colombia – Trump Administration and the Venezuelan opposition have laid down their plans to weaken President Nicholas Maduro at the most important moment in just a few days: on Saturday, they will try to break his blockade of food delivery border and
They set February 23 as the deadline for an ambitious the land-sea campaign that will bring humanitarian supplies through Colombia, Brazil and the Caribbean to the hands of the thousands of Venezuelans who have suffered the greatest economic costs.
On Monday, President Trump made an incident at a rally in Miami for an enthusiastic audience, which included Americans of Venezuelan origin who shouted "US, US!"
Declaring that Venezuela is a victim of a "tyrannical socialist government," said Mr Trump. Venezuela stands for freedom and democracy, and the people of the United States of America are standing next to them "
Mr. Trump spoke when the administration exacerbated pressure on the immediate supply of US supplies that had accumulated recently on the Venezuelan border with Colombia. Trump's transition led to violent visits to the border of American officials – including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and the head of the United States Agency for International Development – who adopted opposition plans to use aid as a major political weapon.
If Mr Maduro falls to supply food and medicine, and he will be shown that he has lost control of the border, his legitimacy as the president of the country weaken, argue. If the military is convinced that it is not standing between the Venezuelan population and humanitarian assistance, it can fall.
"On the 23rd, some people in the regime will have to make a vital decision," said Mr Rubio. in an interview in Cucuta, where the bridge in Venezuela is blocked by order of Mr Maduro by a couple of containers. Or they adhere to this dictator who is illegitimate and whose numbers are numbered and deny your people food and medicine. Is it time to say: "Is this as far as we go?"
This is a risky excitement for Mr Maduro's opponents who say they are unclear how they will break the blockade at the border on Saturday.
Although the United States and other countries have accepted Huang Guaido, the opposition leader of Venezuela as the legitimate president of the country, the White House is confronted with the reality that Mr Maduro is still in control of the military, and with it the state.
"If the opposition – and the Trump administration – are trying to find ways to cut off Maduro's military support, the threat of its monopoly on food distribution may not be useful in this respect," said Cynthia J. Arnson.
She added that, creating a political conflict over humanitarian cargo, the White House only increased the prospect that Mr Maduro would continue to block aid . 9002] There is an additional risk for Mr Guaydo: Mr Trump's grasp, Mr Guadido risked looking like a United States puppet.
in Latin America, "said Adam Isakson of the Washington-based Latin American Office, a human rights group. "And when you have a left-wing government that raises its base on American imperialism, it plays a tangible role in their story."
Isaacson, who runs the security and defense program of the group, also expressed concern about the tensions that have arisen on the border rhetoric of Mr Trump and Mr Maduro.
the moment of hair launch, "he said, referring to the sending of troops to the border. "An incident there may go bad."
Cucuta, which runs across the river from Venezuela, now offers a variety of scenes that reflect a country where two men claim to be president. One of the sea containers covering the cities of Venezuela is adorned with the word "paz", in Spanish, for "peace".
On the Venezuelan side, the government has accumulated soldiers, policemen, armored vehicles and even missiles. On the Colombian side there are news brigades and trucks full of supplies. British billionaire Richard Branson invited Latin American musicians to perform a concert on the night of the night.
However, nobody knows how Venezuela will help. The opposition has so far calmly told details of its plans, saying that if they disclose information, Mr Maduro will distract them from their security forces.
But Gabi Areliano, a deputy from the opposition sent by Mr. Guaido, coordinates assistance, said that the opposition does not have to use the locked Tienditas bridge.
"The border with Columbia is extremely long, as well as the border with Brazil and the border with the Antillean Islands," she said. "We want help included in all the items."
For more than a week, activists and officials have said they are contemplating the mere possibility of smuggling for help through the porous land borders of Venezuela, along routes that have long been used to transport smuggled goods and fuel. Opposition activists have said they have already joined forces with the Pammons community in eastern Venezuela to bring supplies along the rivers using their canoes.
Another option pushed for those who are looking for a more direct confrontation with Mr Maduro, the Activists are riding a truck in Colombia because she is slowly approaching Venezuela. According to this plan, protesters from Venezuela would have exceeded Venezuelan soldiers and would allow them to help, perhaps by using a forklift truck, to push blocking cities to containers
. the country's foreign minister will provide assistance along the sea corridor used for a long time by Venezuelan migrants in order to flee the country. However, in recent days, plans appear to collapse, as Curacao politicians object to using this aid as a political weapon.
Uncertainty left some in Venezuela without counting on help in the near future.
they run the government, but those who are responsible are those who control the city, "said 52-year-old Ector Cardenas, who crossed the border to buy oil, vegetables, cute and medicines in Columbia a month. . "The opposition has no real power."
John R. Bolton, Truman National Security Adviser, said that the United States is not planning to place American servicemen to assist. Instead, it is planned that it will be made by Venezuelan volunteers.
Despite this, the result would not be perfect for Mr Maduro, Mr Bolton said to journalists in Miami before Mr Trump's speech.
The military is blocking aid, said Mr Bolton, the world will see "real colors" of Mr Maduro, "said Mr. Bolton.
"We hope the press will be there to see supporters of Maduro who stop humanitarian aid. poor people in Venezuela, "said Bolton. "People want to know why Venezuelan people are rising. This Maduro statement would be unchanged. "
In Caracas, the Government of Venezuela made its own attempt to turn advocacy wars into food on Monday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Rodríguez said Venezuela would send 20,000 food boxes to Cucuta, referring to Colombia's history of violence and drug poverty.
"It seems that no one cares about the Colombian people, especially those on the border," he said.