Trucks driven by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido almost hit a blockade of security forces still loyal to President Nicolas Maduro in an attempt to get help in Colombia.
Images show a red truck trying to force heavily through a checkpoint in Mariara, in northern Venezuela a few hours outside of Caracas, on Thursday, as security forces appeared to be on their grounds.
The national guards in anti-riot gear placed a trailer truck in front of a tunnel, blocking the main road west. A screaming fight and scuffle made sure the guards fired tears before the lawmakers eventually forced their way through and resumed their journey.
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The truck is part of a caravan with a caravan led by Guiado for the border with Colombia, how much of the assistance provided from the US is stored. Guaido has called for thousands of ordinary Venezuelans to join the Colombian border on Saturday to help bring relief across.
The collapse came as Maduro announced Thursday plan to close the huge jungle border with Brazil one day after he blocked air and sea transport between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of emergency supplies arrived earlier it day.
Maduro said he also weighed on closing the border to Colombia, where the bulk of the aid was stored, and exiled leaders gathered prior to a fundraising concert Friday organized by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, where several major Latin American pop artists will perform.
"We are not beggars," he said. "The American empire does with its dolls is an internal provocation, they wanted to generate a great national rebellion, but they didn't."
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Saturday's Assistance Statement comes exactly one month after Guaido declared himself provisional president in a mass collection, immediately subscribed support from the United States and 50 other countries.
But at the same time, he has managed to bring the Venezuelans' hopes in just under a year of recession, food shortages and hyperinflation, he has so far been unable to win over the military, which has shown little sign of abandoning Maduro.
In a step that might change the tide to win over the military, Hugo Chavez & # 39; s chief chief, pensioner, chopped May. Hugo Carvajal, declared his loyalty to Guaido.
Reading prepared comments in a video on social media, Carvajal, who spent a decade driving Chavez & # 39; s military intelligence service before going down in 2012, urging his former comrades to redeem and leave their support to Maduro.
"You carry your shoulders the weight of an army that gave people freedom in more than five countries," he said, referring to the Venezuelan-born Simon Bolivar's role as the father of South American independence from Spain.
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"We cannot allow an army in the hands of a few generals who are subject to Cuban instructions to become the largest partner for a dictatorial government that has plagued people with misery, "he added.
For now, the military is continuing to obey Maduro's orders, although Guaido is trying to bring international attention to the country's adversity.
Branson's Venezuela Aid Live "event is facing a rival concert imposed by the government at the other end of the Tienditas Bridge connecting Venezuela with neighboring Colombia.
CLICK HERE to get FOX NEWS APP ] Venezuelan officials have not said who should perform at the Venezuelan end of the bridge. The concert's slogan is "Hands Off Venezuela."
"All the artists who are to sing in Colombia must know that they are committing a crime. They support a military intervention, "said Maduro.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.