US 'will take action' in support of anti-government protests in Venezuela: Pompeo
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US 'will take action' in support of anti-government protests in Venezuela: Pompeo

On Saturday, Venezuelan police fired tear gas canisters on raging crowds of anti-government protesters who wanted to cross the border into Colombia for work. Violence also broke out in the border city of San Antonia de Tachira on Friday, after trucks and protesters attempted to break through the barricaded Simon Bolivar bridge to bring humanitarian aid into the country. Opposition leader Juan Guaido vowed that humanitarian aid would enter the crisis-hit South American country in open defiance of President Nicolas Maduro, who has stated that the aid is a US plot to disguise an intervention in Venezuela. Pompeo took to Twitter Saturday, condemning what he described as violence by Maduro’s security forces, calling them “thugs.” Pompeo also said that “a broad coalition of democracies” insists that humanitarian aid should be allowed to enter the country. Meanwhile, Russia has warned that the United States is using humanitarian aid to instigate a “dangerous provocation” in Venezuela by arming the country's opposition while moving its own forces closer to Venezuelan borders in preparation for a military invasion. In addition, China said that the "so-called aid" should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence. "If so-called aid material is forced into Venezuela, and then if it causes violence and clashes, it will have serious consequences. This is not something anyone wants to see," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. The country has been in political turmoil over the past weeks. The opposition has been holding widespread anti-government protests, blaming Maduro for an ailing economy, hyperinflation, power cuts, and shortages of basic items, and urging him to resign while branding his re-election in last year’s vote as a sham.

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