Venezuela Aid Deliveries Amid Heavy Violence

The stage for the upcoming concert

"For the sake of security of Colombian diplomats, they will head to Colombia as soon as possible", the minister was quoted as saying while in Cucuta, a Colombian city at the Venezuelan border.

"I'm a homemaker and I'm here fighting for my family, for my children and parents, resisting the military's tear gas and soldiers on motorbikes", said Sobeida Monsalve, 42, in Urena.

"The people of Venezuela are not begging, they're resisting a dictatorship, the onslaught of oppression", Guaido told a news conference in Cucuta after the concert. On stage, she sang her signature song, "Me Fui", Spanish for "I left", which has become the unofficial anthem of Venezuelans who have fled their country's economic implosion.

Friday's violence broke out in the village of Kumarakapay in southern Venezuela after an indigenous community stopped a military convoy heading toward the border with Brazil that they believed was attempting to block aid, according to community leaders Richard Fernandez and Ricardo Delgado.

Guaido has said that worldwide aid for the country, reeling from a long political and economic crisis, would enter Saturday despite an armed government blockade.

As Venezuela's political turmoil drags on, allies of Juan Guaido, who is being recognized by more than 50 nations as the country's rightful president, are hoping the massive concert and push for aid mark a turning point from which a transitional government can be consolidated. Venezuela severs diplomatic relations with Colombia, the country's President Nicolas Maduro told a rally of his supporters in the capital Caracas on Saturday.

Guaido called on the military to arrest those responsible for the killings, "or you will be responsible".

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also warned Venezuelan authorities "not to use lethal force against demonstrators".

Opposition leader Guaido is in Colombia right now, defying a travel ban order and risks being arrested upon his return to Venezuela.

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Early Saturday two large trucks carrying eight tonnes of emergency aid left Boa Vista in Brazil en route to the Venezuelan border.

Guaido showed up late on Friday at a fundraising concert in Cucuta backed by British billionaire Richard Branson that was estimated to have attracted almost 200,000 people.

The aid consists of food kits "containing rice, beans, sugar, and salt to feed almost 3,500 people for 10 days and additional rice to feed an estimated 6,100 people for one month", a fact sheet from the State Department says.

While in Venezuela border clashes and military desertions raised tensions, on the sleepy Caribbean island of Curacao a handful of expatriates applied pressure on a separate front, waving flags and singing.

Guaido appeared alongside Colombian President Ivan Duque, Chile's Sebastian Pinera and Mario Abdo of Paraguay as crowds cheered.

"We didn't know what we were getting into at the time", Ocampo said Thursday.

This weekend's confrontations cap a month-long run of protests and sanctions aimed at unseating Maduro, 56, the hand-picked heir of the late President Hugo Chavez.

Russian Federation has declared support for Mr Maduro's government, repeatedly accusing the United States of planning military action against the Venezuela president.

Days after Branson launched his concert, Maduro's government announced that not only would they hold a rival festival but that they would also deliver over 20,000 boxes of food for poor Colombians in Cucuta on Friday and Saturday.

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