Deputies that make up the Subcommittee on Border Affairs attached to the Permanent Committee on Internal Policy of the National Assembly (NA), during its third ordinary virtual session, heard the testimonies of Venezuelan victims of human, civil and political rights violations in Venezuelan border territory, committed by Nicolás Maduro and officials of his entourage.
Congressman Américo de Grazia opened the debate with the presentation of two testimonies by former mayor Ricardo Delgado and Lisa Lynn, who live in the southern area of the state of Bolivar, which borders Brazil, regarding the failure of public services, persecution, terrorism, harassment, and hostility against the Pemón indigenous communities by the security forces of the narco-regime.
Parliamentarian José Luis Pirela, vice-president of the Border Affairs Sub-Committee, presented the intervention of Rómulo Castro, political leader in Guajira, Zulia State, denounced the attack on him by usurper Governor Omar Prieto and Mayor Indira Fernández, for leading a protest against public service failures in the area.
Congressman Yorman Barillas denounced the fact that the indigenous Venezuelans are victims of “matraqueo” (extortion) by the National Guard at the border crossings into Colombia, specifically in Maicao, where they charge the people high amounts of money in dollars. He also warned of the presence of the Colombian guerrillas who operate alongside the military in the footpaths in Venezuelan territory.
Afterwards, legislator Carlos Valero rejected the “Nazi policies of racist segregation” used by the regime against Venezuelan returnees who are positive for Covid-19 disease, who arbitrarily mark their homes for being carriers of the virus, and urged the legislative body to address in depth the complaints about human trafficking in the state of Sucre and the mass arrests and illegal deportations of Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago.
Assemblyman Romel Guzamana warned of the control of the territory by the Colombian guerrilla and the Hezbollah terrorist group in the state of Amazonas, which controls illegal activities in the area. He also denounced the very poor conditions of the indigenous Venezuelans who, due to the economic and health crisis, have been forced to migrate in search of food, medicine and medical assistance to Brazil.
Congresswoman Gaby Arellano, president of the Sub-Commission, showed a video of a returned Venezuelan citizen, victim of human rights violations, who stated that he was detained for 15 days in the camp for the attention of the returnees located in Las Tienditas, in San Antonio del Táchira, where there were no adequate assistance and health conditions for the stay, at that time, of 380 people, including children, youths and elderly, who had to stay in an enclosed space without ventilation, little hydration and food.
Finally, Ramón Argenis, resident of the town of Michelena, Táchira State, denounced the merciless persecution by Freddy Bernal together with the armed groups of that community that forced him into exile, for demanding information on the state of health of the 60 returned nationals, who were serving a quarantine held at the headquarters of the University Institute of Technology (IUT) in that community.