The struggle for the humanitarian aid could decide the power struggle between President Maduro and his counterpart, Guaidó. At the weekend, the Showdown is looming at the border. Previously, the counterparties to bring with music up to operating temperature.
Now the guitars do the talking: At the border bridge Tienditas between Colombia and Venezuela, opponents and supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have delivered a musical slugfest. While on the Colombian side, many musicians promoted in the charity concert "Venezuela Aid Live" donations for humanitarian aid, called for government's loyalty to the singer on the other side of the border: "hands off Venezuela".
thousands of people cheered on Friday near the Colombian border town of Cúcuta well-known Latin American artists such as Luis Fonsi, Juanes, Maluma and Paulina Rubio. With the concert of the British billionaire Richard Branson and the Venezuelan Opposition wanted to collect the self-appointed interim President Juan Guaidó tens of millions of dollars in donations for humanitarian aid to Venezuela. With additional state aid commitments should come together within 60 days to a total of $ 100 million.
"A day of hope"
"people die every day in Venezuela, because drugs are missing. This is unacceptable," said Branson before the start of the concert. "Today is a day of hope. Let us work together to ensure that something changes." The prelude to the concert, the singer Reymar Perdomo, the told went in at the Venezuelan Diaspora very popular song "Me fui" (I am), why you had to leave your home. "We want freedom for all," said a visitor of the concert. "It's Juan Guaidó live."
On the Venezuelan side of Maduro's followers, however, kept. "All the artists on the stage are telling the world that Venezuela is free and independent, "said the government functionary, Freddy Bernal. In the village of Pedro María Ureña, Venezuelan Rock, Pop, Reggaeton and Salsa artists should occur.
On Saturday want to create thousands of volunteers already in Cúcuta provided relief goods to Venezuela. The head of state, Maduro sees the humanitarian aid, however, a pretext for a military Intervention in the South American country and has instructed the armed forces to make the deliveries happen.
Guaidó called on the soldiers to ignore the order and the deliveries. "This help can save lives," he wrote on Twitter. Venezuela is suffering from a severe economic and supply crisis. Due to lack of foreign exchange, once a country is rich in hardly any foods can introduce, medicines and things of daily needs. Many people are starving and more than three million Venezuelans have left their home already.
infectious diseases spread
Because of the lack of drugs and financial resources for prevention programmes is lacking, in addition to infectious diseases. According to the medical journal "The Lancet Infectious Diseases" published study, the number of malaria infections has increased from nearly 30,000 in 2010 to over 411'000 in the year 2017. "The increase of cases of malaria, could soon become uncontrollable," warned one of the lead authors of the study, Martin Llewellyn of the University of Glasgow.
To the relief supplies. the for weeks, raging power struggle between Maduro and his counterpart, Guaidó decide The self-appointed interim President, in fact, to provide food, medicines and hygiene items to Venezuela and to distribute to the distressed population, that would be a Coup. The soldiers, however, with violence against the volunteers, there could be bloodshed.
"all the soldiers: Today and tomorrow, you will decide how you will keep in memory," wrote Guaidó on Twitter. "We already know that you are standing on the side of the people, which you have already made clear. Tomorrow you can prove it."
Venezuelan soldiers kill two people at the border to Brazil
Also on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, and Brazil, numerous aid goods available. However, Maduro has the boundaries to include the neighboring countries. According to media reports, the dispute moved troops forces and tanks to the border with Brazil.
According to the Opposition, it came to clashes between soldiers and members of the indigenous people of the Pemon people. Two Indigenous were killed and around a dozen more have been injured, wrote of the opposition Deputy américo de Grazia on Friday on Twitter. (nag/sda/afp)
Created: 22.02.2019, 18:53 Uhr