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A boy waves a Venezuelan national flag, as supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gather at Bolivar square in Caracas to take part in a signature campaign to urge the United States' to put a halt to intervention threats against Maduro's government, on February 6, 2019.

How a nationwide protest against Maduro could shape Venezuela’s future

Carlos Garcia Rawlins | Reuters

Juan Guaido, President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, reacts during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government and to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez in Caracas, Venezuela January 23, 2019.

However, only a limited amount of emergency supplies has made it into the country thus far.

The opposition’s proposed move is widely seen as an attempt to undermine Maduro’s authority. And major international relief organizations have said they are reluctant to assist with a delivery effort of humanitarian supplies, fearing the situation has become too political sensitive.

It has made getting basic products into Venezuela, past Maduro’s allied security forces and to those that need it most, extremely challenging.

Guaido tweeted a picture of himself surrounded by stacks of white pots of vitamin and nutritional supplements on Monday. He claimed his team had successfully delivered the first cargo of humanitarian aid, but did not explain where it came from.

“If Maduro can block humanitarian aid from coming into the country and keep the loyalty of security forces then he will move to shut down the National Assembly and put Guaido into jail or force him into exile,” IHS’ Moya-Ocampos said.

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