Wednesday 5 May 2021

Venezuelans storm Colombian bridge

Thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades on a bridge linking Venezuela with Colombia, according to the migration office in Bogota.

Some climbed over containers that the Venezuelan military had placed on the Simon Bolivar bridge to block access to the Colombian border city of Cucuta.

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In February, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro ordered the military to put up barricades on several border crossings to block US-backed efforts to bring hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid into Venezuela.

Many Venezuelans have since tried to cross the border across the Tachira River to find food, medicines and work in Colombia. However, recent torrential rains has made that impossible.

The head of Colombia’s migration agency warned Venezuela that it was responsible for the safety of its citizens crossing the border.

“The usurper Maduro is responsible for anything that may happen to the population that is transiting between the two countries,” Christian Kruger said.

The flooding has prevented Venezuelans from crossing the Tachira river into Colombia
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Tensions with Russia

Meanwhile, Colombia criticized a declaration by Russia’s parliament that warned against attempts to oust Maduro.

The declaration, which was issued in February, said the parliament “condemns inflammatory statements by representatives of the Venezuelan opposition and foreign politicians calling for violence and the overthrow of the legitimate government.”

Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said the “accusations” contained in the declaration “do not correspond to reality and constitute a distortion of Colombia’s position, shared by several countries of the region.”

A democratic transition in Venezuela needs to be “carried out by Venezuelans themselves … without the use of force,” he added.

Russian military personnel in Venezuela have raised tensions in the region

Thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades set up by the government on the Simon Bolivar bridge. Meanwhile, Colombia accused Russia of “distorting” its position on a military intervention in Venezuela.

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Venezuelans breaching the border of Colombia (Reuters/Stringer)

Thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades on a bridge linking Venezuela with Colombia, according to the migration office in Bogota.

Some climbed over containers that the Venezuelan military had placed on the Simon Bolivar bridge to block access to the Colombian border city of Cucuta.

In February, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro ordered the military to put up barricades on several border crossings to block US-backed efforts to bring hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid into Venezuela.

Many Venezuelans have since tried to cross the border across the Tachira River to find food, medicines and work in Colombia. However, recent torrential rains has made that impossible.

The head of Colombia’s migration agency warned Venezuela that it was responsible for the safety of its citizens crossing the border.

“The usurper Maduro is responsible for anything that may happen to the population that is transiting between the two countries,” Christian Kruger said.
Venezuela refugees by the river Tachira (Getty Images/AFP/S. Mendoza)

The flooding has prevented Venezuelans from crossing the Tachira river into Colombia

Tensions with Russia

Meanwhile, Colombia criticized a declaration by Russia’s parliament that warned against attempts to oust Maduro.

The declaration, which was issued in February, said the parliament “condemns inflammatory statements by representatives of the Venezuelan opposition and foreign politicians calling for violence and the overthrow of the legitimate government.”

Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said the “accusations” contained in the declaration “do not correspond to reality and constitute a distortion of Colombia’s position, shared by several countries of the region.”

A democratic transition in Venezuela needs to be “carried out by Venezuelans themselves … without the use of force,” he added.

Russian military personnel in Venezuela have raised tensions in the region

Russia has supported Maduro since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in late January. Moscow recently admitted to providing military “specialists” to the Maduro government.

More than 50 countries, including the United States and Germany, recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.

av/amp (AFP, AP, dpa)

Article originally appeared on Today Venezuela and is republished here with permission.

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