UPDATED 9:37 AM PT – Monday, February 11, 2019
Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido is calling out the Venezuelan military, imploring them to allow aid into the country.
While speaking at a mass service Sunday, Guaido said it was “almost genocidal” for president Nicolas Maduro to block the aid as food an medicine waits across the border in Colombia.
Guaido asked supporters to participate in a mass mobilization, saying it may be up to the people to bring the aid into the country.
He addressed members of the military still loyal to Maduro, and said it’s up to them to restore their image with their citizens.
“It is up to you not to continue to make a fool of yourself as the Miraflores presidential palace orders, but to enforce the pride of a uniform — it is up to you to recover the honor of the uniform that freed nations,” Guaido stated.
Armed military forces have continued to guard a blocked bridge between Venezuela and Colombia, cutting humanitarian aid off from the country.
Over the weekend, Maduro claimed the aid is part of a secret coup orchestrated by the U.S. government.