Venezuelan man urges military to let in U.S. aid

"The current humanitarian crisis is hitting all Venezuelans, including the more than 100,000 Italians who live in Venezuela", it said.

"We condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair", Trump said.

"From today, we will spare no effort in helping all Venezuelans achieve freedom, prosperity and harmony", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said, referring to the decision to recognise Guaido as president.

But Maduro's government previous year sold 73 tonnes of gold to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates without the required approval of the opposition-led National Assembly, Paparoni told a news conference. He has repeatedly called on Venezuela's military, which has remained loyal to Maduro, to support a transition to democracy.

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido has asked Italy's ruling coalition leaders to meet with representatives as he seeks their explicit backing as interim president alongside nearly all other European countries.

When asked about a letter sent to him by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the pontiff admitted not reading it yet.

The Europeans gave Mr Maduro (56) an eight-day deadline to call fresh elections, or else have his authority removed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Nicolas Maduro's dictatorial government in Venezuela has shown an inexcusable disregard for the rule of law and human rights.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the worldwide community should help support Guaido by trying to block Maduro's government from foreign business transactions involving oil, gold and other assets.

"We are prepared to work with the provisional government of Venezuela, the National Assembly and President Guaido". Maduro, on the other hand, accuses the United States of trying to topple his administration.

Guaido has described the emergency shipments as a "test" for Venezuela's armed forces, which will have to choose if they allow the much needed aid to pass, or if they instead obey orders. "If they want to help, then end the blockade and the sanctions".

"We need more and more pressure on the top of the army corps, and in the top of the political dictatorship", Viera-Blanco said.

Guaido asked Italy's ruling coalition leaders in a letter to meet with his representatives as he seeks their explicit backing.

He has supported plans for a meeting of Latin American and European Union states in a "Contact Group" in Montevideo on Thursday, though.

"The United Nations said 40 people were killed in clashes with security forces in a week of protests last month, coinciding with Guaido's self-proclamation as acting leader". Local NGO Foro Penal said nearly 1,000 people were detained between January 21 and 31.

  • Eleanor Harrison