Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the US “against all interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs including the use of force threatened by Washington and which is in violation of international law.”
“It’s not the first time Venezuela is going to be liberated from a tyrant,” said Guaido.
“Here is a direct order to the armed forces: allow in the humanitarian aid once and for all (and) end the repression.”
The fate of tons of aid piling up in Colombian collection centers at the border with Venezuela has become central to the power struggle between Guaido and Maduro, who is backed by the powerful armed forces.
“The military are the ones keeping Maduro in power. I call on them to reflect and take the side of the people suffering from hunger,” said Maria Ballera, 75.
Guaido had called the Youth Day demonstrations across the country in part to honor 40 people killed in anti-government rallies last month.
While waiting for him to speak in eastern Caracas, his supporters chanted: “Freedom!”
Maduro meanwhile was due to speak at a march of young leftists in the center of Caracas denouncing “imperialist intervention” in Venezuela’s affairs and collecting signatures of people who reject US President Donald Trump.
“We want peace for Venezuela,” chanted protesters, and “for the threats of military invasion to recede.”