US and Brazil crank up pressure on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro
Violent clashes with security forces over the opposition’s attempt to bring aid into the country left at least three protesters dead and almost 300 wounded
Caracas/Washington — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro faced growing regional pressure on Sunday after his troops repelled foreign aid convoys, with the US threatening new sanctions and Brazil urging allies to join a “liberation effort”. Violent clashes with security forces over the opposition’s US-backed attempt on Saturday to bring aid into the economically devastated country left at least three protesters dead near the Brazilian border and almost 300 wounded. Juan Guaido, recognised by most Western nations as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, urged foreign powers to consider “all options” in ousting Maduro, ahead of a meeting of the regional Lima Group of nations in Bogota on Monday that will be attended by US Vice-President Mike Pence. Pence is set to announce “concrete steps” and “clear actions” at the meeting to address the crisis, a senior US administration official said on Sunday, declining to provide details. The US imposed crippling sanctions on the Opec nation’s oil indust...
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