Some 500 Venezuelans in Colombia try to forcibly cross the border

The Simón Bolívar International Bridge, the main border crossing between Colombia and Venezuela, was completely full of people who, carrying packages, suitcases and bags, tried to cross the Táchira.

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EFE / Photo Taken from La Opinion, Cúcuta

09:31 PM / 18/11/2020

At least 500 Venezuelans, who were in Colombia waiting to be authorized by Venezuela to return, tried to take over the Simón Bolívar International Bridge on Wednesday 18-N to return to their side, official sources reported.

Migration Colombia said in a statement that “about 500 Venezuelan citizens, who remained in Colombia awaiting authorization from Venezuela to return to their loved ones, tried to take 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, was completely full of people who, carrying packages, suitcases and bags, tried to pass towards the oil country.

Migration Colombia said that the situation was controlled by the Police and they also explained to the Venezuelans that “remaining stationed on the bridge represented a risk for their integrity, since the weather conditions in the area 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 the “Simón Bolívar” there are some containers placed by the Venezuelan Government that block the passage of motor vehicles, which represents an “additional load” .

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

Likewise, Migration called on Venezuelans to “remain calm and not expose their lives 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 rupture of relations decided by President Nicolás Maduro on February 23, 2019, when the head 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.

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