Inhabitants of the border in Táchira State call for the reopening of the international crossings that unite Venezuela with Colombia, after the announcement of the gradual reopening by the Colombian government.
Civil society and representatives of the business sector of the Venezuelan border protested peacefully demanding the reopening of the three international bridges that link Táchira State with the Norte de Santander Department in Colombia. They ask that the regime does not continue to violate the right to work and health.
Likewise, more than 100 patients from the Pedro María Ureña municipality ask that a humanitarian channel be opened through the ‘Francisco de Paula Santander’ bridge for patients with chronic diseases who must undergo treatment in Colombian territory.
Most of these patients are forced to go through the ‘trochas’ (illegal trails), risking their lives and worsening their health, as the regime prevents the people of Ureña to cross despite the fact that from the Colombian side the humanitarian passage has never been closed.
Meanwhile the business sector assures that with the reactivation of the international economy, in less than 60 days more than 20 thousand direct and indirect jobs could be generated and in this way recover the economy in this border area.
They assure that by opening the international bridges it would reduce the time of the arrival of shipments with goods of different categories into Venezuelan territory. This means that from 60 days shipping times would drop to less than a week as it used to be before the unilateral closure of the frontier by the regime in the year 2015.
In addition this would end triangulation through the ports of other countries so that goods can reach Venezuela.
They consider that the reopening of the bridges will also allow to control the pandemic since through these passages the Colombian government has implemented bio-safety protocols that cannot be complied with when crossing through the trails where hundreds of people and tons of smuggled merchandise illegally cross daily into Venezuelan territory.