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Newsline: Venezuelan President Breaks Ties With Colombia Amidst Deadly Aid Crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Feb. 23 that his government had broken diplomatic ties with Colombia after the government there aided opposition activists in seeking to bring the aid into Venezuela. “Patience is exhausted, I can’t bear it anymore, we can’t keep putting up with Colombian territory being used for attacks against Venezuela,” Maduro said in a speech. “For that reason, I have decided to break all political and diplomatic relations with Colombia’s fascist government.” Colombian diplomats were given 24 hours to leave Venezuela. Foreign minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said Colombia would blame Venezuela’s president if anything happened to its diplomats, Reuters reported. “Colombia holds the usurper Maduro responsible for any aggression or violation of the rights of Colombian officials in Venezuela,” said the foreign minister (https://www.npr.org/2019/02/23/697289540/venezuelan-military-fires-on-protesters-killing-2-in-confrontation-over-aid). At least four people were killed and hundreds injured as opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro clashed with Venezuelan security forces over the weekend. Anti-Maduro activists were largely unsuccessful in their efforts to bring shipments of food and medicine into the country Saturday, according to reports from the borders with Colombia and Brazil.

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