Some 500 Venezuelans in Colombia tried to cross the border by force to return to their country amid the coronavirus pandemic

500 Venezuelans tried to cross the border from Colombia to their country by force (@LuisaMercadoD)

At least 500 Venezuelans, who were in Colombia waiting to be authorized by Venezuela to return, They tried to take by force this Wednesday the Simón Bolívar International Bridge to return to the side of their own, reported official sources.

Migration Colombia said in a statement that “about 500 Venezuelan citizens, who remained in Colombia awaiting authorization from Venezuela to return to their family, tried to take over the Simón Bolívar International Bridge, in the town of Villa del Rosario, in Norte de Santander ”.

The Simón Bolívar International Bridge, the main border crossing between Colombia and Venezuela, it was completely crowded that carrying packages, suitcases and bags, tried to go to the oil country.

The Simón Bolívar International Bridge, the main border crossing between Colombia and Venezuela, was completely full of people

Migration Colombia said that the situation was controlled by the Police and they also explained to Venezuelans that “standing on the bridge represented a risk to their integrity, since the climatic conditions of the zone could cause a disaster ”.

Likewise, they were told that the risk of being on the bridge is greater if one takes into account that on Simón Bolívar there are some containers placed by the Venezuelan regime that block the passage of automobiles, which represents an “additional burden.”

However, the Colombian immigration authority indicated that “80% of foreigners left the infrastructure and personnel from Migración Colombia are taking steps with the Venezuelan immigration authorities to allow them to enter that country. “

Migration Colombia said the situation was controlled by the Police
Migration Colombia said the situation was controlled by the Police

Likewise, Migration called on Venezuelans to “keep calm and do not expose your life in the midst of the pandemic and adverse weather conditions”.

The Colombian border with Venezuela was closed to the passage of vehicles in August 2015 by order of the Government of that country, and the movement of people was suspended after the breakdown of relations decided by Nicolás Maduro on February 23, 2019, when the chief of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, tried to enter from Cúcuta leading a caravan of humanitarian aid.

Last March, the Colombian government also ordered the closure of all land and river border crossings in the country to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

(With information from EFE)

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