The United States told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro was stepping up a crackdown on the opposition-controlled National Assembly and called on countries to respond with concrete actions.
Brazil's Minister of Institutional Security Augusto Heleno attends a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil April 30, 2019.
Guaido - the National Assembly president - has accused Maduro of trying to dismantle the legislature. "The threats that Maduro's government is receiving from the United States administration officials as well as Mr. Guaido, who is constantly recalling his right to invite a foreign military intervention, bear no relation to democracy", he said.
The National Assembly has come under increasing pressure from Maduro since the opposition appealed in vain for a military uprising on April 30.
Guaido blames Maduro for Venezuela's economic problems, which have forced millions of Venezuelans to flee the country in search of livelihoods overseas.
"We don't know how the military will act".
Moreno stopped communicating and never issued his decree, even as Guaido went to the La Carlota airbase in Caracas to say Maduro had lost military support.
The threats against the legitimate Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, from American officials and the Gauido, who all the time assumes the right to call for a foreign invasion, have nothing to do with democracy, he stated.
Maduro shut the border with Brazil to block the aid, but reopened it on Friday, allowing a flow of Venezuelans crossing in search of food, medicine or an escape from the economic and political turmoil in their homeland.
The president of Colombia is speaking out on the crisis in Venezuela.
Over the weekend, Guaido's "envoy" to the US, Carlos Vecchio, sent a letter addressed to US Adm. Craig S. Faller of SOUTHCOM requesting a "meeting with a technical delegation to advance in strategic and operational planning" in order to "restore democracy" in Venezuela. "It's a nightmare for them", he said.
"In line with its diplomatic tradition, the government of Mexico received National Assembly deputy Franco Manuel Casella today at its diplomatic residence in Caracas to provide him protection and safety", the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry, which stressed its commitment to protecting human rights, also said it would continue to follow a policy of non-intervention in Venezuela.