SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela – Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians who were trying to keep the open segment of the southern border with Brazil for the delivery of humanitarian assistance, which led to multiple injuries and the first mortal operation aimed at providing international assistance to this devastated South American Raina, according to witnesses and community leaders.
At 6:30 AM, a military convoy approached the checkpoint created by the indigenous community in the southern village of Kumarakapai, which lies on the main artery. Venezuela to Brazil. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday ordered to close Venezuela's border with Brazil
When volunteers sought to block military equipment, while standing in front of them, the soldiers began firing at least one machine gun, wounding at least 12 people, and four of them seriously. . One woman, 42-year-old Sonida Rodríguez, was killed. Trump's administration, supporting Maduro's resignation, immediately condemned. "The United States condemns the killings, assaults and hundreds of arbitrary detentions that took place in Venezuela," said the representative of the State Department. "We stand with seven victims, demanding fairness and accountability."
At least 30 neighbors came out on the streets after firing, kidnapped three soldiers, according to 48-year-old Carmen Olena Silva, who joined the checkpoint and George Bello, a representative of the indigenous community.
"Most people support the introduction of humanitarian assistance, and we want our border to be open," Silva said. "This is a help, not a war. … Every day more and more children die. "
Jorge Perez, a local advisor in Gran Sabana, the district in which the city is located, said that he was present when the soldiers opened fire. "I ask the armed forces, are they constitutional in order to shoot against unarmed indigenous people?" He said.
Representatives of the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications said that they could not yet comment on this incident.
The activists belonged to the indigenous tribal peam, who joined the opposition's efforts to extract aid donated by the United States and other countries from neighboring countries on Saturday. The aid came from countries, including the United States, who demanded that they refuse Maduro. His government ordered a complete blockade of aid and sent troops to strengthen the borders of Venezuela.
The incident was the most violent confrontation during the deployment of the operation, when thousands of volunteers sought to reach out to nations to extract them. for help. Opposition leaders fear more clashes on Saturday when volunteers will try to help across the border