Aid showdown: Venezuela opposition prepares to deliver goods

 
 
Posted2/23/2019 7:00 AM
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  • Policemen stand guard during a concert at Tienditas International Bridge, in Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Colomcia. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored.

    Policemen stand guard during a concert at Tienditas International Bridge, in Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Colomcia. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored. Associated Press

  • Government supporters flash heart-hand signals during the "Hands off Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Venezuela on the border with Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.  Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored.

    Government supporters flash heart-hand signals during the "Hands off Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Venezuela on the border with Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored. Associated Press

  • Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, arrives at the Venezuela Aid Live concert on the Colombian side of the Tienditas International Bridge near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

    Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, arrives at the Venezuela Aid Live concert on the Colombian side of the Tienditas International Bridge near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Associated Press

  • Gusi, from left, Carlos Vives and Santiago Cruz, hold a Venezuelan national flag as they perform at the "Live Aid Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which features dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge.

    Gusi, from left, Carlos Vives and Santiago Cruz, hold a Venezuelan national flag as they perform at the "Live Aid Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which features dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge. Associated Press

  • Ricardo Montaner performs at the "Live Aid Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which features dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge.

    Ricardo Montaner performs at the "Live Aid Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which features dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge. Associated Press

  • Carlos Vives performs at the "Live Aid Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which features dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge.

    Carlos Vives performs at the "Live Aid Venezuela" concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which features dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge. Associated Press

  • Colombian Army snipers cover the Venezuela Aid Live concert on the Colombian side of the Tienditas International Bridge near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

    Colombian Army snipers cover the Venezuela Aid Live concert on the Colombian side of the Tienditas International Bridge near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Associated Press

  • Diosdado Cabello, President of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, talks to supporters during the first day of the "Hands off Venezuela" three-day music festival at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Urena, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Colombia. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored.

    Diosdado Cabello, President of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, talks to supporters during the first day of the "Hands off Venezuela" three-day music festival at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Urena, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Colombia. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored. Associated Press

  • Government supporters chant anti-U.S. slogans during the first day of the "Hands off Venezuela" three-day music festival at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Urena, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Colombia. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored.

    Government supporters chant anti-U.S. slogans during the first day of the "Hands off Venezuela" three-day music festival at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Urena, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Colombia. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored. Associated Press

  • Government supporters gather during the first day of the "Hands off Venezuela" three-day music festival at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Urena, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Colombia. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored.

    Government supporters gather during the first day of the "Hands off Venezuela" three-day music festival at the Tienditas International Bridge, in Urena, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Colombia. Venezuela's power struggle is set to convert into a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting the embattled leader's refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are being stored. Associated Press

CUCUTA, Colombia -- Venezuelans frustrated over their nation's crippling food and medical shortages are expected to join opposition leaders Saturday in a potentially risky push to deliver international aid that Nicolas Maduro has refused to accept into the country.

The opposition is calling on masses of Venezuelans to help trucks carrying the nearly 200 metric tons of humanitarian assistance delivered largely by the United States over the last two weeks across several border bridges in Colombia.

Once the trucks reach the border they'll face a crucial test: Whether the military standing guard on the other side will let them through.

"We think it's going to enter," opposition leader David Smolansky said in the lead up to the push.

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