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Maduro denies any humanitarian crisis exists, and the plan to bring in aid is one of the most ambitious - and potentially unsafe - that the opposition has attempted since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in January.

"We're going to the Guaido concert because we need the humanitarian aid", 19-year-old Shirley Duran said about the Venezuelan opposition leader, who has the support of the United States and 50 other countries.

An optimistic mood as the Live Aid-style concert opened in the Colombian border city of Cucuta couldn't mask underlying tensions a day before Maduro's opponents embark on a risky strategy to undermine Maduro and bring in the aid being amassed for days along three of Venezuela's borders.

Some political analysts say Saturday's showdown is less about solving Venezuela's needs and more about testing the military's loyalty toward Maduro by daring it to turn the aid away.

With inflation running at more than 2 million percent a year and currency controls restricting imports of basic goods, many Venezuelans lack vital medicines, and a growing share of the country's roughly 30 million people is suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

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The convoy entered the indigenous village of Kumarakapay anyway, opening fire to clear the way and killing a woman, Zoraida Rodriguez, according to community leaders Richard Fernandez and Ricardo Delgado.

The three presidents will also visit the warehouses of Tienditas, where the alleged "humanitarian aid" for the Venezuelan people is stored and which sectors of the left in the hemisphere consider a farce aimed at generating a later military intervention in Venezuela. "And they came charging at us".

"Throughout history, art has had a big role in fostering change", said Miguel Mendoza, a Venezuelan musician who will be performing Friday and won a Latin Grammy in 2010 as part of the pop duo Chino & Nacho.

A spokesmen for Venezuela's Communications Ministry said it could not yet comment on the incident.

Venezuelan security forces have executed dozens and detained hundreds of others since protests broke out in January against Maduro's swearing-in, according to civil rights groups.

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Meanwhile China, which along with Russian Federation backs Maduro, warned humanitarian aid should not be forced in because doing so could lead to violence.

Pemon Indians and the Venezuelan National Guard clashed leaving two dead and dozens injured last week.

The bloodshed contrasted with the joyous ambience at Branson's "Venezuela Aid Live" in Cucuta, where Venezuelan and Colombian attendees, some crying, waved flags and chanted "freedom" under a baking sun.

Venezuelans like Rosa Mora, 40, said they were still debating whether to heed the opposition's call for a mass mobilization at three bridges in the Cucuta area Saturday, fearful that they might be met with resistance by the military.

Thousands of Venezuelans, including some who slipped across theborder, joined migrants in neighbouring Colombia to attend a star-studded concert backing the opposition in Venezuela's power struggle and seeking to pressure President Nicolas Maduro into allowing the delivery of emergency food and medicine.

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