An imploding economy has driven an estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans to migrate. AFP / YURI CORTEZ
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido set a goal Sunday of enlisting a million volunteers within a week to confront a government blockade that has kept tons of humanitarian aid, most of it from the United States, from flowing into the country. Guaido has given Feb. 23 -- one month to the day after he proclaimed himself acting president -- as the date for a showdown over the aid with the government of President Nicolas Maduro.At Guaido's request, groups of volunteers were holding town hall-style meetings at various locations around the country to begin organizing for the Feb. 23 event.Without revealing details that could jeopardize the operation, Guaido said volunteer brigades would travel in a bus caravan to entry points for the aid.Guaido repeated his call on Venezuela's military -- whose support for Maduro has been crucial -- to let the aid pass.
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