Maduro's anti-Venezuela Aid Live concert gets little support

Maduro's anti-Venezuela Aid Live concert gets little support

Maduro's anti-Venezuela Aid Live concert gets little support

After this first bloodshed linked to efforts to bring aid into the country against the orders of embattled Maduro, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly appealed for violence to be avoided in Venezuela, a U.N. spokesman said.

"The agencies of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross are not taking part in the US-Colombian show on the [Venezuelan] border due to a certain reason: it is absolutely clear that this operation has political goals and could not be described as humanitarian", Arreaza wrote on his Twitter page.

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks flanked by Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, left, and Colombia's President Ivan Duque in front of a warehouse housing US humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia, Feb. 22, 2019. Get your hands off Venezuela Donald Trump.

Supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido in Colombia are planning to cross the border carrying emergency supplies into Venezuela.

On Friday the tense stand-off turned deadly when two people were killed and 15 wounded as they tried to prevent Venezuelan troops from blocking an entry point on the Brazilian border. "He is sending us rotten food, thank you!"

A group of frustrated Venezuelans who were seeking to cross into Colombia on Saturday to work morning threw rocks and bottles at National Guard troops, who responded with tear gas.

"Meanwhile, Maduro's opponent, Guaidó, is calling for aid to be assembled at the borders and issued a Saturday deadline for delivery".

Late on Friday, President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of all four bridges linking Tachira to Colombia.

"What we're hoping is that the authorities in Venezuela will see this wonderful, peaceful concert ... and that the soldiers will do that right thing", Branson said.

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On Thursday afternoon, organizers on the Colombia side of the border bridge were doing sound checks while in Venezuela a dozen workers sat idly in white plastic chairs chatting and listening to Venezuelan folk music on small speakers.

The "Venezuela Aid Live" concert in Cucuta was organized by British entrepreneur Richard Branson in support of Guaido's humanitarian aid relief plan.

British billionaire Richard Branson is pictured before the "Venezuela Aid Live" concert which he organized to raise money for the Venezuelan relief effort, at Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on February 22, 2019. Guaido has vowed humanitarian aid would enter his country despite a blockade.

"For that reason, I have made a decision to break all political and diplomatic relations with Colombia's fascist government", he told cheering supporters.

"Today the obstacles that the dictatorship created will tomorrow be rivers of unity of peace", Guaido, the 35-year-old head of the opposition-run Congress, said in a news conference on Friday in Cucuta, where he was received by Colombian President Ivan Duque.

On Friday, at least two civilians died in Venezuela and about a dozen more were injured in a confrontation with security forces near the national border with Brazil. "There is nothing crueller than a government that denies and closes the entry of humanitarian aid that his own people need so much".

There have already been skirmishes between protesters and the security forces tasked with keeping the aid out.

Reports say the incident took place in the Gran Sabana region, along Venezuela's southeast border with Brazil, home to the Pemon indigenous group.

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