A high-ranking Venezuelan politician stated Saturday that images of Venezuelan migrants strolling on the aspect of roads in different South American international locations are pretend, in an effort to sabotage the administration of President Nicolas Maduro.

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“Doesn’t it strike you as suspicious that there are images of [these people] strolling alongside the roadside in Peru, strolling alongside the roadside in Ecuador, strolling alongside the roadside in Colombia? It’s as if it was: ‘Lights, digicam, motion!’ It’s a marketing campaign towards our nation—a marketing campaign of extraordinary dimensions,” Diosdado Cabello advised a congress of the ruling United Socialist celebration.

GettyImages-466431450 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the president of the Nationwide Meeting, Diosdado Cabello, salute after receiving the decree powers regulation, in Caracas, Venezuela on March 15, 2015. Ninety p.c of the two.three million Venezuelans who’ve left their homeland are now dwelling as refugees in different international locations inside South America. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty

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“We ask these younger individuals who have gone to come back again to Venezuela. Let’s construct the fatherland you dream of. We are going to welcome you with open arms,” Cabello added, in keeping with The Guardian. 

Ninety p.c of the two.three million Venezuelans who’ve left their residence nation are now dwelling as refugees in different international locations inside South America, and a complete of 1.6 million have left since 2015, primarily based on numbers by the United Nations Refugee Company. 

“We commend the efforts already made by receiving international locations to offer Venezuelans with safety, help, and help. We belief that these demonstrations of solidarity will proceed sooner or later,” stated William Lacy Swing, the director common of the Worldwide Group for Migration. 

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The assertion got here after Peru and Ecuador introduced that Venezuelans would want passports with a purpose to enter these international locations. 

“We acknowledge the rising challenges related to the large-scale arrival of Venezuelans. It stays important that any new measures proceed to permit these in want of worldwide safety to entry security and search asylum,” stated the U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

Ninety-seven migrants have been flown again to Venezuela from Peru on Tuesday as a part of a authorities initiative named “Return to Homeland.” 

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“Venezuelans received’t be slaves to anybody on the planet!” Maduro exclaimed when this system was introduced earlier this 12 months. As part of this system, returning Venezuelans can be provided job help, in keeping with Deutsche Welle.

Venezuelans fleeing to neighboring international locations are additionally dealing with xenophobic assaults. Over 1,000 migrants returned to Venezuela from Brazil final week when their belongings have been burned and their tents have been destroyed after a bunch of 4 alleged Venezuelan immigrants beat a store proprietor. 

“About 1,200 Venezuelans went again to their nation yesterday. The circulation has restarted right this moment however evidently there are much less folks,” the commander of Brazil’s military operation on the border put up, Colonel Hilel Zanatta, advised Reuters on the time. 



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