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Venezuela-Brazil border shut by national guard
Venezuelan national guard troops on Friday (February 22) lined up across the road at the country's border with Brazil, preventing anyone from crossing a day after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he would close the border ahead of opposition plans to bring in humanitarian aid despite his objection. People looking to cross into Venezuela jeered at the troops who prevented them from entering Venezuela. Brazil is going ahead with the airlifting of humanitarian aid for Venezuela despite the impending closure of the border by Venezuelan leftist President Nicholas Maduro, Brazilian presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said on Thursday (February 21). He said the non-perishable food and medicine would be stockpiled in the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima until Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is able to send trucks to pick up the aid.