Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that the land border with Brazil will be closed, speaking at a televised address from Caracas on Thursday.

“From 20:00, Thursday on February 21 [00:00 GMT on Friday] we are closing in a total and absolute manner the land border with Brazil. It’s better to prevent than regret [a situation].

We are taking all safety measures to protect our people,” said Maduro.

The announcement comes two days before February 23, the day which opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido claims that US humanitarian aid will reach Venezuela.


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Karel Vd Geest

He cannot. He can only try. The border runs for thousands of kms through mostly uninhabited jungle, mountains, swamps etc etc. He can only close of the few roads that run through. Smugglers will just walk around them.