09.04.15: Closing Statements

In Venezuela

Colombia’s El Tiempo published an article today in which it documents the plight of the first Colombians to be deported from Venezuela’s interior since the recent flare-up in tensions between the two countries.

The article points out that the 33 deportees who arrived in the Arauca department on Wednesday were kicked out of Venezuela for either being in the country illegally or having a criminal record. Out of the 33 deportees, six were children, seven were women and twenty were men.

Upon arrival in Colombia, 14 of the deportees filed complaints with Colombian authorities over the treatment they received during the deportation process. The complainants said that they had been jailed, separated from their families, and that – as El Tiempo puts it – they “went hungry”.

Amit Majul worked as a cook in Caracas. When two National Guard soldiers stopped him and asked him for his papers, Majul admitted that

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