Troops fire tear gas at residents on Venezuela border

1 Killed, 12 Injured as Venezuela Turmoil Turns to Music

1 Killed, 12 Injured as Venezuela Turmoil Turns to Music

Maduro, who has blocked the delivery of stockpiled humanitarian aid in a tense standoff with his rival Juan Guaido recognized as interim leader by more than 50 countries on Thursday ordered the border with Brazil "completely and absolutely" closed until further notice.

A truck loaded with humanitarian aid was set ablaze on Saturday on the Colombia-Venezuela border, an opposition deputy told reporters amid rioting on the Santander bridge crossing.

Clockwise from top left: A woman heads to the Venezuela Aid Live concert with her family; others arrive for the concert on the Colombian side of the Tienditas International Bridge; concert-goers queue up; one attendee shows his stripes. "You can't say anything against the government".

As "Fher" Olvera the lead vocalist of Maná and the other members of his Mexican rock band took over the Venezuela Aid Live stage in front of a crowd of about 250,000 people in Colombia's city of Cucuta, a few people were dancing in front of a large stage in Venezuela's state of Tachira. Even as several million Venezuelans flee and those who remain struggle to find basic goods like food and antibiotics, Maduro denies that a crisis exists.

"We were all going to work".

"We're exhausted. There's no work, nothing", Andreina Montanez, 31, said as she sat on a curb recovering from the sting of tear gas used to disperse the crowd.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of three border bridges to Colombia late on Friday amid a dispute with Guaido about letting in aid.

A line of heavy trucks packed with aid supplies waited to attempt the crossing, in front of rows of television cameras.

Guaido sensationally claimed that the Venezuelan military, whose high command has repeatedly declared absolute loyalty to Maduro, "participated in this process" to get him into Colombia. A Venezuelan police officer and an Chilean photo-journalist were wounded in what eyewitnesses described as an deliberate effort to run down civilians near the barrier.

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He says opposition efforts to bring in aid is a US-backed "cheap show" to undermine his Government.

Maduro blames the country's dire situation on USA sanctions that have blocked the country from obtaining financing and have hobbled the OPEC nation's oil industry.

At 6:30 a.m. on Friday, a military convoy approached a checkpoint set up by an indigenous community in the southern village of Kumarakapai, which rests on the main artery linking Venezuela to Brazil. The group will hear from U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, who will join the meeting to discuss the Venezuelan crisis (the United States is not a member of the Lima Group).

While the country's poverty has soared to record levels with a lack of medicine and food, Maduro denies the humanitarian crisis exists and says the US aid efforts are part of a plot to bring down his government.

But in the towns of San Antonio and Urena, just across the border, troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at opposition activists including lawmakers walking toward the frontier who were waving Venezuelan flags and chanting "freedom".

"The situation is critical and we should be all united to allow the aid to pass", said shopkeeper Jeremy Ortega, 21.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in NY on Friday and "urged the Venezuelan authorities not to use lethal force against demonstrators", spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo urged Venezuela's military to let the trucks in. As Guaido allies, such as Canada, the United States and Britain, call for humanitarian access to Venezuela, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday that the convoy is creating a pretext for removing Mr.

Guaido rose to power last month, arguing that Nicolas Maduro's re-election in May 2018 was invalid and marred by vote-rigging.

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