Maduro will close Venezuela's border with Brazil, considering closing Colombian border

Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido, arrives to take part in a demonstration called by the transportation sector to support him in Caracas

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The plan to bring in aid is one of the most ambitious - and potentially risky - that the opposition has attempted to undertake since Guaido declared himself interim president in January.

Maduro, who has a long-term policy of refusing foreign aid, closed the border with Brazil Thursday and said he is also considering closing the border with Colombia, where tons of US and Colombian aid is sitting in warehouses ready to deliver to Venezuelans. He will also meet with Venezuelan families who have fled Maduro's regime.

The U.S. special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, will lead a government delegation accompanying the delivery of aid from Florida to Cucuta via military aircraft between Thursday and Friday, the Department of State said.

And to further complicate the scenario, billionaire businessman Richard Branson is in the process of setting up an aid concert - Venezuela Aid Live - on the very bridge that spans the Colombia-Venezuela border at Cucuta. "That is a decision of the Venezuelan people, so I think, Jorge, there's got to be a free and fair election", Sanders said.

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Venezuela's power struggle is set to become a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding President Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting his refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are stored.

Earlier today, three buses carrying about 40 lawmakers sympathetic to Guaido left Venezuela's capital heading for the frontier.

"There's already significant resistance" by rank-and-file troops, causing military leaders to doubt "whether the people under their command are going to do what they're asking them to do", Rubio said. Guaidó has set a February 23 deadline for the tons of food and medicine supplies that have been stockpiled in the Colombian border town of Cúcuta to be allowed into Venezuela.

"This is the real humanitarian aid of Venezuela", said Ramirez.

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Guaido still has not provided details on how the aid will come in.

"The handyman at the embassy had a daughter who was born prematurely and there wasn't enough medical supplies to keep her in incubation and she died at five weeks", an emotional Mr. Rowswell said in an interview Thursday. "We have taken all the measures so that everything can be peaceful", he added. Gen. Hugo Carvajal said Venezuela's military was in as ramshackle a state as the nation as a whole. "We're going for humanitarian aid and for peace".

But while he's managed to bring hope to Venezuelans crushed by years of recession, food shortages and hyperinflation, he's so far been unable to win over the military, which has shown little sign of abandoning Maduro.

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