AP Interview: Venezuela’s Guaido vows to defy ban on aid


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he will defy a government ban on humanitarian aid by sending large convoys of medicine into the country with the help of neighboring nations.

In an interview Thursday, Guaido told The Associated Press the move will be a “new test” for Venezuela’s military, whose top brass has sided with President Nicolas Maduro since protests against his rule broke out.

Guaido explained that aid for Venezuela will include life-saving medicines that are scarce in Venezuela and will be transported by vehicles arriving at several border points, after it is shipped into “friendly ports” in neighboring countries.

“We are not just taking aid from the United States,” Guaido explained. “But in the next few days we will announce a global coalition to send aid to Venezuela.”

Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido holds up a raised fist as he waits to speak at a conference on economic plans for reviving the country at Venezuelan Central University, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. An independent U.N. human rights monitor says economic sanctions are compounding a “grave crisis” in Venezuela. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)