Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still Over emergency aidAssociated Press #Humanitarian_AidFebruary 11, 2019
With the U.S. virtually certain not to launch military action, Guaido is trying to regain momentum with an effort this week to move U.S. emergency food and medicine into Venezuela despite Maduro’s pledge to block it.
Such an operation could provoke a dangerous confrontation at the border — or fizzle out and leave Maduro even stronger.
With so much at stake, Guaido is under increasing pressure to soon unseat Maduro, analysts say.
“He is running against the clock,” said Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, a Venezuela expert at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Critics accuse Maduro, a former bus driver and Chavez’s hand-picked successor, of unfairly winning an election last year for a second six-year term by banning his popular rivals from running and jailing others.
“If you let it in, you’re bowing to Guaido and the international community,” he said.
U.S. sanctions imposed on the state oil company PDVSA in late January and meant to pressure Maduro from office have yet to bite.
On Monday, Guaido posted a video on Twitter showing himself and his wife making phone calls urging people to join a volunteer force by registering on a website and calling on them to return to the streets in protest Tuesday.
Gaby Arellano, an opposition leader who is among those leading the aid mission, said the strategy was to conduct “defiance” politics, which she said consists of setting an agenda that forces Maduro’s hand, though she provided no details.
Smith reported from Caracas, Venezuela.