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    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) waves the national flag during a pro-government march in Caracas, on February 23, 2019.

    'I'm Governing and Will Continue Governing’ Venezuela - Maduro

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    Earlier in the day, opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido claimed that trucks with humanitarian aid crossed the borders of Brazil and Colombia into Venezuela.

    Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro issued a statement on Saturday amid ongoing protests on the Venezuelan-Colombian border, saying that he "is governing Venezuela and will continue governing it."

    "I am steady as never before, firm like this tree, governing this country now and within many [upcoming] years," Maduro said addressing his followers.

    Maduro also stated that Venezuela was cutting off diplomatic relations with Colombia and expels all diplomats from its embassy.

    On Saturday, the Venezuelan opposition tries to ensure deliveries of humanitarian aid, which results in clashes with police on the borders of the country with Colombia and Brazil.

    In recent days, the Venezuelan government has undertaken a number of measures to prevent humanitarian aid from coming into the country. According to Maduro, the US and its allies were using "the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid" to try to "destroy the independence and sovereignty of the country."

    Caracas would not allow such aid into the country, Maduro said, saying the country was coping with its difficulties and that US 'concerns' over Venezuela's humanitarian crisis were "fabricated by Washington over the last four years to justify intervening in our country."

    Besides closing the border with Brazil and three bridges connecting Colombia and Venezuela, the country's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said that the Latin American country would close the border with neighboring island nations, suspend air traffic.


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