Guaido to leave for Colombia border Thursday in a caravan

Juan Guaido, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly. (AFP pic)

CARACAS:Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido plans to head to the border with Colombia Thursday to lead the attempt to bring in humanitarian aid in defiance of a military blockade, his press team said Wednesday.

Guaido, who has proclaimed himself acting president, has set Saturday as the deadline for bringing in US-supplied food and medicine currently stockpiled in Cucuta, Colombia.

His press office said he will depart for the border in a caravan with fellow members of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Although it was unclear what Guaido intends to do, he has enlisted hundreds of thousands of volunteers in recent days to help bring in and distribute the aid, forcing a showdown with the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

On Maduro’s orders, the military has barricaded a major border bridge to prevent the supplies from entering the country, and beefed up security.