This was highlighted by the President (E) of the Republic of Venezuela and of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, who also stated that more than 5 million of his fellow countrymen fled from the complex humanitarian emergency and economic, political and social crisis generated by Nicolás Maduro’s usurper regime, who irrationally clings to power and prevents attention and effective response to the solution of the problems of citizens inside and outside Venezuela.
Attention to migrants
Congressman Carlos Valero pointed out that Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile and the rest of Latin America do not have the economic capacity to face this health and epidemiological crisis that notably affects the most vulnerable social and economic sectors in their countries, affecting not only their citizens but also the Venezuelan migration.
Consequently, “it is appropriate to act in defense of our Venezuelan brothers, where all representatives of the legitimate Government in Charge in the world are working to assist Venezuelan migrants, through the UN and international NGOs implementing mechanisms of defense against political blackmail and human rights violations.
In this sense, he highlighted that the national emergency government has been proposed “and that is why we have to continue working intensely for political change, to open all channels of funding and coordination with the entire world,” said parliamentarian Valero.
Overcrowding and kidnapping in improvised shelters
Congresswoman Gaby Arellano, denounced the overcrowding and kidnapping of thousands of Venezuelans who crossed the Venezuelan border by the GNB together with paramilitaries affecting the Psuv and irregular Colombian armed groups such as ELN. Venezuelans who have been affected by the global paralysis to prevent further spread of the virus, .
“Children, elderly people and pregnant women are unprotected, overcrowded, without food or drinking water, and without medical care, without knowing how long they will be in that place,” she warned during her speech in the debate on the situation of Venezuelan migrants as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
She denounced that the Venezuelan citizens who return through San Antonio del Táchira have found a “false expectation” that contradicts the measures announced by the illegitimate protector of Táchira State, Freddy Bernal, where he evidently shows that “there is no sanitary protocol to receive the thousands of Venezuelans who desperately want to return to the country.”
The parliamentarian pointed out that 80% of Venezuelans who are abroad work in the black economy and in the informal sector. Therefore, she asserted that these quarantine and social isolation decrees implemented by the Latin American governments “make it impossible for Venezuelans to go out to the streets to work daily to get money for their livelihood.”
She urged the legislative chamber to urgently communicate with the UN, UNHCR and UNICEF, in order to activate programs to shelter and provide “a helping hand” to the thousands of displaced Venezuelans and refugees, who “today are much more vulnerable,” arguing that “they do not have legal identification and the capacity to earn money as a result of quarantine and isolation measures.”
At the same time, she said that “attending to Venezuelans is to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, because there are many fellow countrymen who are walking the streets of Latin America, being a risk because they could be multipliers of the spread of this deadly pandemic.”
High public health risk
Afterwards, Deputy Karim Vera demanded full compliance with prevention protocols and the epidemiological framework that is mandatory to prevent the State of Táchira and the Simon Bolivar International Bridge “from becoming the gateway to massive Covid-19 infection, because the necessary preventive measures have not been taken.
She denounced that there are (2) two cases of COVID-19 in the State of Táchira, “these people recently entered through an irregular pass known as ‘trocha’ and another through the Simon Bolivar International Bridge.”
She questioned the curfew in the towns of Ureña and San Antonio del Táchira decreed by the usurper regime with the intention of preventing the mobility of Venezuelan citizens to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, because in her opinion, this measure “is intended to make subversive groups come to threaten the peace of the Republic.”
Vera demanded from the relevant authorities transparency in information and in the handling of epidemiological protocols to protect the health of our fellow citizens who are returning to the country and who are victims of the complex humanitarian emergency, which has been worsened by the presence of COVID-19 throughout Venezuela.
Legitimate National Emergency Government
On the other hand, Representative Oneiber Peraza, strongly demanded the usurper regime to guarantee transportation, food, medical and hygienic attention to the fellow citizens returning to Venezuela in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In view of this serious situation, he ratified that it is necessary to constitute the National Emergency Government promoted by President Juan Guaidó, which will have as a priority to pay due attention to the needs of Venezuelans, without political, social or economic distinction.
At the end, Congresswoman Milagros Eulate called on the heads of state, OAS, UN, IOM and multilateral organizations to appeal to humanity and solidarity with the Venezuelan diaspora that is defenseless abroad in the face of the COVID-19 epidemiological crisis and those who have left the country due to the destruction of the economic and productive system carried out by the regime in the nation.