Brazil

Expert Voices

Venezuela’s border showdown is reaching a breaking point

Brazilian soldiers organize sacks of powdered milk that are part of the humanitarian aid for Venezuela
Brazilian soldiers organize sacks of powdered milk that are part of the humanitarian aid for Venezuela, at Ala 7 air base in Boa Vista, Brazil, on Feb. 22, 2019. Photo: Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images

The Maduro regime is using every tactic at its disposal to block humanitarian aid from coming into the country, effectively shutting its land and maritime borders.

Why it matters: Venezuelans desperately need food and medicine. A December 2018 report noted that from 2016 to 2017, 64% of Venezuelans reported losing nearly 25 pounds. Over 9 in 10 Venezuelans, and even 6 in 10 who identify as pro-Maduro, say the food supply is bad or very bad.

1 killed, 12 injured in clash with Venezuelan army on Brazil border

People arrive at the location of a 'Venezuela Aid Live' concert
People arrive at the location of a "Venezuela Aid Live" concert organized by billionaire Richard Branson. Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images

A woman was killed and dozen were injured Friday as members of the Pemon ethnic group clashed with the Venezuela National Guard on the country's border with Brazil, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president, promised to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuela on Saturday. President Nicolás Maduro, who insists there is no humanitarian crisis, ordered the border with Brazil shut in response, setting up a confrontation with opposition supporters as the Venezuelan army moves tanks to the border.

Go deeper: Saturday's showdown in Venezuela will test strength of Maduro, Guaidó

More stories loading.