On February, 23rd one protester was killed and 22 others were injured in a clash with Maduro security forces who were following orders to keep U.S. humanitarian aid from crossing over from the Brazilian border.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido vowed to move in emergency food and medicine from the United States through the Brazilian and Venezuela border, however, Maduro expressed objections to the aid.
Upset over President Nicolas Maduro’s team keeping the trucks with medicine and food from crossing the bridge into Venezuela, protesters along the border of Venezuela and Colombia stole a red city bus and set it on fire in outrage over the oppressive regime.
Flames from the blazing bus in the border town of Urena damaged nearby power lines causing them to spark. Despite protest, Guaido and other opposition leaders were unable to get the trucks into Venezuela.
It’s not enough that Maduro’s Socialist, Marxist experiment has failed and the people of Venezuela are suffering and starving, now his bruised ego won’t allow him to accept food and medicine for his people.
“What the U.S. empire is doing with its puppets is an internal provocation,” Maduro said on Thursday. “They wanted to generate a great national commotion, but they didn’t achieve it.”
As tensions rise and the protesters become more violent, Maduro troops have started abandoning their post at Simon Bolivar International Bridge at the Venezuela and Colombian border. At least five soldiers have reportedly surrendered to Colombian immigration officials.
“I’ve spent days thinking about this,” said one of the soldiers who left his post. The man, whose identity was not revealed, called on other soldiers to join him in abandoning their support for Maduro’s socialist government.
“There is a lot of discontent inside the forces, but also lots of fear,” he added.