The Commissioner of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), David Smolansky, reported that since March 14th, 81,000 Venezuelans have returned from Colombia due to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite the humanitarian corridor opened by the Colombian government for Venezuelans to return to their country, Smolansky explained that Nicolás Maduro’s regime restricted the passage of citizens to only three days a week.
The Commissioner also denounced that the dictatorship has blamed returning citizens of the new outbreaks of coronavirus.
“It has branded them as a “biological weapon” and threatened that they should be quarantined in a cell and their homes should be marked. Many have been crowded into shelters and left without food,” Smolansky added through his personal Twitter account.
The Venezuelan representative to the OAS said he has testimonies of Venezuelans who have spent days sleeping on the floor and are crammed into shelters in Apure and Tachira, while the regime’s National Guard charges (extorts) them in dollars to transport them by bus to other cities in the country.
Smolansky also denounced that, in this situation, young people and children are vulnerable to being recruited by irregular groups that control the paths of the Colombian-Venezuelan border. He also said that women are trafficked by piracy networks protected by the regime on the Caribbean border of Sucre State.
* Protection or toll money extorted from the people by force
Jóvenes y niños hoy son vulnerables a ser reclutados por grupos irregulares que controlan las trochas de la frontera colombo-venezolana, así como hay mujeres que son traficadas por redes de piratería amparadas por el régimen en la frontera Caribe del estado Sucre.
— David Smolansky (@dsmolansky) July 3, 2020