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Nicolas Maduro: Venezuelan Crisis and Street Protests

nicolas maduro: Sign up for our Capital Dispatch newsletter, for all the latest politics news Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will host the meeting two days after Saturday's scheduled national street protests in Venezuela aimed at pressing the country's socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, to vacate the presidency, according to CTV. Canada has already contributed 2.2 million for the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela that has forced three million people from their homes, sending ripples across the region. The agenda for the gathering of foreign ministers from more than a dozen of Canada's Western Hemisphere allies was still being finalized on Friday, in part because of the speed at which the Venezuelan crisis is unfolding. Sources say Canada won't be adding to that fund because Maduro won't allow proper humanitarian access to the country. One source framed a central question for the talks as How can we continue to pressure Maduro in such a way that he steps down to allow for a new election What more can we be doing in terms of financial support but also general support A possibility is to repurpose billions of dollars of overseas assets seized from the country's corrupt leaders to help countries coping with the influx of refugees and to back Guaido's new government. And while they stress Monday's meeting is not a pledging conference, sources said the discussions will include looking at new political and financial ways to support the politician they see as the country's true interim president parliamentary leader Juan Guaido. ( As reported in the news.