There are rebellious moods in places along the Venezuelan border where the opposition is trying to bring in aid shipments. Two people are reported to have been killed and a truck has been set on fire.– It’s very chaotic. There are hundreds of people standing on the Colombian side of a bridge trying to get help shipments. There are about ten trucks, fully loaded with medicine and food, which one wants to get into Venezuela.
But on the other side, in Venezuela, the military stands and shoots tear gas. It is raining in tear gas, says DN’s correspondent in Venezuela, Henrik Brandão Jönsson, to Ekot.
In the city of Santa Elena de Uairén, near Brazil, two people have been killed in clashes, Reuters reports with reference to employees of a hospital where the injured has been brought. Violence has arisen when Venezuelan soldiers attempted to stop the opposition’s plan to bring in foreign aid.
In border cities on the Venezuelan side, there have also been clashes when a four-truck convoy tried to cross a bridge on the border. They were stopped by the Venezuelan military, who fired tear gas against people who followed the trucks.
A truck began to burn heavily, which opposition voices blame the Venezuelan military for. Several people on the site have moved in to try to save boxes with supplies.
María Teresa Belandria, the envoy leader of the opposition Juan Guaidó in Brazil, says in a movie clip on Twitter that a truck with Brazilian help has passed the border and reached Venezuela.
– We did, this is a great victory. That’s the sum of all the efforts of the United States, Brazil and Venezuela, she says in the clip.
The opposition in Venezuela , with the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó at the forefront, has asked the outside world to send aid missions to the country, which, in particular, the United States and neighboring Colombia have heard. Venezuela’s seated leader Nicolás Maduro has ordered that the country’s borders be closed to what he sees as a precursor to a possible American invasion.
“The humanitarian aid will definitely come to Venezuela in a peaceful and calm way to save lives here and now,” said opposition leader Juan Guaidó at a ceremony in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, at a truck convoy on the border.
At the side of Guaidó, Colombia’s President Iván Duque, who took an early stand for the opposition leader, stood. He announced that Nicolás Maduro would be held liable for any violence.
Nicolás Maduro responds to cutting all diplomatic ties with the neighboring country. The staff of the Colombian Embassy in Caracas are sent out from Venezuela.
In border cities on the Venezuelan side of the border, protesters collide with military personnel, who have shot both tear gas and rubber balls.
Images from the city of Ureña show how residents throw stones and bottles against the military and burn car tires on the smoke-filled streets. Buses with broken squares are parked in the middle of the roads and used as lookout items.
At the Simón Bolívar Bridge, a border crossing between Colombia and Venezuela, people are screaming and pushing against the military, whose shields have formed a wall across the road.
At the same time, there is regular information that soldiers posted at the border have crossed the border and deserted.
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has previously said that military personnel helped him defy a ban on leaving the country.
“We are here because the armed forces participated in this process,” Guaidó concluded.
On Friday, two people were killed and 15 were injured when the Venezuelan military resorted to violence to stop all passage at a border crossing between Brazil and Eastern Venezuela.
People flee and have fled Venezuela in battle stream. According to figures from the UN, 2.7 million Venezuelans have left their homeland since 2015.
In the capital Caracas, thousands of people on Saturday demonstrated in support of Nicolás Maduro and against the opposition’s attempt to bring in humanitarian aid in the country against the will of the government.