Venezuela will temporarily re-open border crossing

Venezuela will temporarily re-open border crossing
Venezuelans carrying groceries cross the Simon Bolivar bridge from Cucuta in Colombia back to San Antonio de Tachira in Venezuela. (AFP)
Updated 16 July 2016

Venezuela will temporarily re-open border crossing

Venezuela will temporarily re-open border crossing

CARACAS: Venezuela will temporarily re-open its border with Colombia on Sunday, a state governor said, a move that will allow desperate Venezuelans to stock up on food, medicine and other basics sorely lacking in their country.
“We will not put up any obstacle... whoever wants to cross can cross,” Jose Vielma Mora, governor of the border state of Tachira, told reporters Thursday.
However, he dismissed suggestions that the border opening was tantamount to a “humanitarian corridor.” Last Sunday, some 35,000 Venezuelans poured across the border after President Nicolas Maduro authorized a 12-hour opening of the pedestrian bridge that connects Tachira, Venezuela and Cucuta, Colombia.
Maduro had ordered the border closed last August for security reasons. He allowed the reopening after 500 desperate Venezuelans stormed the border in search of basic goods.
Thanks to the temporary border reopening last week, those who crossed into Colombia were able to stock up on goods such as flour, oil, toilet paper and shampoo.