Colombia and Brazil tighten Venezuela border control
Colombia and Brazil have tightened border controls with Venezuela as both nations deal with a big influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants from their neighbour.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday his government would implement stricter migratory measures and suspend new daily entry cards for Venezuelans, as well as deploy 3,000 new security personnel, including 2,120 more soldiers, along the frontier.
Brazil also announced that it would double its troops to patrol frontier regions, and would start relocating Venezuelans to towns and cities in its interior.
Venezuelans rush to the border as Colombia tightens controls
Thousands of Venezuelans have rushed to border crossings with Colombia after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a tightening of controls.
Only those who have registered for a special border card or can produce a passport will be able to cross.
They fear it will become more difficult for them to enter Colombia once the measures are fully implemented.
Thousands of Venezuelans cross into Colombia daily to look for temporary work or to buy essential goods.
Venezuelans rush to borders as Colombia and Brazil tighten controls
Colombia and Brazil are tightening border controls after hundreds of thousands of desperate people flee hunger and a spiralling political crisis in Venezuela.
The neighbouring countries are sending extra troops to their borders where Venezuelans have arrived in record numbers over recent months.
Thousands of Venezuelans have rushed to border crossings with Colombia after Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced the tightening of controls.
Only those registered for a special border card or with a passport will be able to cross the Colombian border.
Guyana / Venezuela Border Clash
Guyanese miners beaten in the Amakura River environs, by renegade Venezuelan soldiers who illegally crossed the shared north western Guyana/Venezuela border. Reports indicate that at 1:20pm that Friday more than twenty-four armed Venezuelan military personnel unexpectedly visited the area known as “Bruk Up Falls,” located on Guyana’s side of the border.
Bruk Up Falls is situated six hours by boat from the remote Amerindian community of Yarakita. The Venezuelan solders allegedly handcuffed and beat the Guyanese miners, after accusing them of occupying lands on Spanish soil for mining purposes. No Guyana Defence Force personnel are stationed in this area. Late that night GDF soldiers based at Mabaruma were deployed and confronted their Venezuelan counterparts.
Data suggest that, generally, Venezuelan soldiers target Guyanese because several cross the border at Bruk Up Landing to trade sugar for oil and gold. For many years active unofficial trading between the two countries have been practiced. Polvo De Oro is a gold rich area on the north eastern side of Venezuela, located within miles of the shared border.
The latest provocative behaviour by Venezuelan military personnel at Bruk Up Falls is not the first time they have entered Guyanese territory. A series of ongoing land and territorial waters incidents, between Venezuela and Guyana, is the catalyst. On one occasion a Guyanese man was shot and killed by Venezuelan soldiers while shipping fuel.
Venezuela closes Colombia border indefinitely
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country’s border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region, following an earlier attack that wounded four people.
Tensions run high along the 2,200-kilometer (1,400-mile) porous border, rife with guerrilla and smuggling activity, and the two countries almost went to war in 2008.
Venezuelans flock across border due to food shortage
Venezuela has opened its border with Colombia for the second time this month to allow people to buy food and medicine unavailable at home in their country’s collapsing economy.
Colombia’s government said 44,000 people crossed on Saturday to buy food, medicine and cleaning products, and said it expected that number to almost double on Sunday.
Last week, more than 35,000 people crossed over for the first time since the governor of Venezuela‘s state of Tachira opened the border.
Socialist President Nicolas Maduro shut the border last year in an effort to crack down on smuggling of subsidised products.