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Pence travels to discuss how to oust Maduro

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:06 AM
Venezuelan migrants near the Simón Bolívar International Bridge plead for people to support them with food and water so they can continue protesting in La Parada near Cucuta, Colombia, on Sunday, on the border with Venezuela. A US-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela on Saturday met strong resistance, as troops loyal to President Nicolás Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters.
Venezuelan migrants near the Simón Bolívar International Bridge plead for people to support them with food and water so they can continue protesting in La Parada near Cucuta, Colombia, on Sunday, on the border with Venezuela. A US-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela on Saturday met strong resistance, as troops loyal to President Nicolás Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters.

BOGOTA (AP):

The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to give up power and to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation.

Vice-President Mike Pence arrived in the Colombian capital yesterday and immediately met with Colombian President Ivan Duque. He’ll also meet with members of a regional coalition and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to discuss the next steps aimed at ousting Maduro.

Pence’s appearance before the Lima Group comes two days after a US-backed effort to deliver humanitarian aid across the border from Colombia ended in violence.

Forces loyal to Maduro fired tear gas and buckshot on activists accompanying the supplies and setting the material on fire. Four people have been reported killed and at least 300 wounded.