Venezuelan youth march for humanitarian aid

On February 12, Venezuela’s National Youth Day, thousands of young Venezuelans protested the blockade — perpetrated by former dictator Nicolás Maduro — of humanitarian aid waiting to enter the country on the Colombian border.

“Today, we go back to the streets!” interim President Juan Guaidó wrote in a tweet that morning. “We will be demanding that humanitarian aid be allowed to enter our country.”

Fifty-two countries are supporting Guaidó, and the international community has pledged over $100 million in humanitarian aid.

Four female protesters shouting while holding Venezuelan flag, with others behind (© Frederico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)
Guaidó supporters gather for a rally to press the Venezuelan military to let in U.S. humanitarian aid in Caracas, Venezuela, on February 12. (© Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

Maduro and his cronies responded by sending more military troops and police to occupy the bridge spanning the Venezuela-Colombia border.

In his tweet, Guaidó also called on marchers to “honor the memory of so many young people who have fallen fighting for Venezuela’s freedom.”

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has reported at least 40 deaths tied to Maduro’s crackdown on peaceful protests.