According to Maduro, the U.S.-backed coup has failed in Venezuela, thanks to the unity of civic groups and the military.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro broke all "all diplomatic and politic relations" with Colombia Saturday, after stating that President Ivan Duque has supported a "foreign military invasion" against Venezuela.
President Maduro gave 24 hours for all Colombian diplomatic personnel to leave the country. "Patience has been exhausted. We cannot continue to stand for it. We cannot continue to endure how Colombia lets it territory be used for aggression against Venezuela," said Maduro in a Bolivarian rally.
Thousands of people supporting the Bolivarian Revolution gathered in a massive demonstration in Caracas to defend the peace and sovereignty of the nation. The mass of supporters was received by President Maduro at Miraflores palace (the presidential palace), who urged Venezuelans to fight to guarantee peace and national security.
According to Maduro, the U.S.-backed coup has failed in Venezuela, thanks to the unity of civic groups and the military. Because the Venezuelan people are "stronger than ever, very eager to continue fighting for Venezuela and to continue facing imperialism and Donald Trump."
#Breaking: The attackers got out of an armored vehicle and crossed the #border with weapons in their hands. Colombian authorities seemed to endorse this irregular behavior. A Venezuelan border police and a Chilean photographer were injured. #Venezuela #Colombia #HandsOffVenezuela pic.twitter.com/ZagAgTwXo7— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) 23 de febrero de 2019
According to the Venezuelan president, "Never before has a Colombian president fallen so low as Ivan Duque. Devil go home! Everyone who hurts Venezuela eventually loses." Maduro highlighted that neither Duque, nor the Colombian oligarchy make decisions in Venezuela. The Venezuelan people are fighting for sovereignty "in resistance to the gringo intervention. Here (in Venezuela) the people govern, nobody else."
The president said that the alleged "humanitarian aid" the opposition intends to get through the border with Colombia is a mask that seeks to cover the actual U.S. intention: to intervene the country to plunder its wealth. The Venezuelan people, however, are "defending the borders of the homeland and the right to be free, sovereign and independent."