Venezuela's Guaido sets aid entry date amid anti-Maduro protests

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"You have hundreds of thousands who have died due to the shortage of food and medicine".

Asked whether the Venezuelan military would allow the aid into the country, Lester Toledo, coordinator for worldwide humanitarian aid and an opposition state legislator, replied: "The soldiers know this is food that will go to the children".

"The Ku Klux Klan governing the White House today wants to take possession of Venezuela", Maduro said in an interview with the BBC.

The opposition is also making arrangements for more aid to be sent through Brazil and Puerto Rico.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his offer of good offices for a serious negotiation in Venezuela that benefits the people and helps to alleviate tensions that country is facing on Tuesday.

Maduro refuses to buckle, though, branding the aid convoys massing in Colombia a "political show" and a pretext for a U.S. intervention.

The sides are at loggerheads over the humanitarian aid.

Before the beginning of the exercises, the president arrived in the northern state of Miranda to take a look at the military equipment, including Russian-built rocket launchers that are used by the Venezuelan Armed Forces.

The military ceremony was attended by the commanders of the land and air forces, as well as the Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

On a related matter, Tarre said that a small portion of the humanitarian aid now sitting in a warehouse in the Colombian border city of Cucuta will enter Venezuela "at the end of this week or the start of next week".

But the military has blockaded the border bridge linking the two countries.

Nicolas Maduro, right, follows Venezuela's then-President Hugo Chavez as they arrive to a ceremony declaring Chavez victor of presidential elections at the Electoral Council in Caracas, Venezuela, on October 10, 2012.

The militia is a civilian force founded in 2008 to supplement the armed forces.

Juan Guaidó, Venezuela's National Assembly head and self-proclaimed acting president, speaks during a session of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 29.

He did not know who would be the next candidate for the presidency when the "free elections" are held. We do not now have any electoral mechanism that works because everything has been tarnished by fraud.

Asked whether he would return Venezuela's embassy to Jerusalem, where it sat until 1980, Guaido answered: "That is one of the issues we are discussing".

Amoroso alleged Guaido has "received money from global entities without any type of justification".

Two weeks ago, the regime-loyalist Supreme Court barred him from leaving the country and froze his assets.

He has warned the military that it will be held responsible for any deaths among the protesters on Tuesday. "It's help for many Venezuelans like my son".

"The time came...they said he was prepared, but he is totally unprepared for this task". The United States and dozens of other nations have refused to recognize Maduro, characterizing his election last year to another six-year term as fraudulent. Maduro accused them of bias.

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