Venezuela

Refugee pleads: Help find my family

A Venezue­lan refugee who had six rel­a­tives aboard a pirogue which dis­ap­peared on May 16 with 29 pas­sen­gers which left Güiria for Ch­aguara­mas is plead­ing for au­thor­i­ties in T&T and Venezuela to lo­cate them.

Kender Berra, who has been liv­ing in this coun­try for more than a year, be­lieves the miss­ing pirogue Ana María was hi­jacked.

Berra, who is orig­i­nal­ly from El Ti­gre, An­zoátegui state, told a Venezue­lan news out­let he and his broth­er wait­ed in vain on a wharf in Ch­aguara­mas for the ves­sel to ar­rive.

$123,000 in fines imposed against migrants

In two days, a to­tal of 47 Venezue­lans ap­peared in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates Court for il­le­gal­ly en­ter­ing the coun­try. The ma­jor­i­ty have been slapped with fines to­tal­ly $123,000.

Twen­ty-two ap­peared on Mon­day, 19 were fined a to­tal of $57,000 and three were dis­charged. On Wednes­day, 25 Venezue­lans, in­clud­ing six women, plead­ed guilty be­fore First Court Se­nior Mag­is­trate Jo-Anne Con­nor.

They ad­mit­ted to en­ter­ing the coun­try at a port of en­try which is not des­ig­nat­ed port and fail­ing to re­port to an im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer.

US in­tel­li­gence ex­pert on Venezuela cri­sis: Stop all cash inflows immediately

In or­der to force em­bat­tled Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro to act to defuse the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion af­fect­ing the south-Amer­i­can na­tion, which has led to mil­lions of cit­i­zens flee­ing the coun­try, a US in­tel­li­gence ex­pert is rec­om­mend­ing that all cash in­flows to Venezuela be stopped im­me­di­ate­ly.

In ad­di­tion, he said an­oth­er sign of good faith by Maduro would be the im­me­di­ate re­lease of close to 800 po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers.

Venezuelan cargo boats continue to dock at San Fernando wharf

While the ban on Venezuelan ferries continued at the Cedros port, three Venezuelan cargo boats docked at Kings Wharf, San Fernando early Wednesday, bringing goods from Venezuela.

Around 7:30 am, Guardian Media captured the arrival of the vessels which came from Guiria.

One was a larger ship while the two others were smaller pirogues. 

Most of the Venezuelans did not speak English and they shied away from media cameras.

However, a source said the cargo included ground provisions from the South American mainland.

Three Venezuelan ferries await clearance to dock

Even though Minister of National Security Stuart Young says the Cedros port is operational, three Venezuelan ferries are still awaiting clearance to come to the Cedros port with 86 legitimate passengers.

A source who requested anonymity said up to noon on Tuesday, the vessels Virgen de Valle from Guiria which carried 28 passengers, another vessel named Virgen de Valle from Tucupita carrying 30 passengers and Poseidon carrying 18 passengers failed to dock at the Cedros port.

T&T-based Venezuelans say no coup back home

The mes­sages from Venezuela start­ed dry­ing up at around noon yes­ter­day, but Venezue­lans liv­ing in T&T who sup­port Juan Guai­do are hope­ful their coun­try is head­ing back to democ­ra­cy.

“The com­mu­ni­ca­tion break down at about 11 o’clock this morn­ing and be­fore that, all the videos were com­ing. Uni­vi­sion is the on­ly means of us re­al­ly know­ing what is re­al­ly go­ing on,” said Yamine Trot­man, a Venezue­lan na­tion­al of Trinidad de­scent who gath­ered at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day.

Young reiterates, "non-interference, non-intervention" in Venezuela

National Security Minister Stuart Young has reiterated the Government's position of non-interference and non-intervention in Venezuela, as riots have broken out amid an attempted coup.

The minister issued a statement Tuesday that said little more than what has been said by the government before.

The following is a statement the Minister Young.

"It has been reported that certain elements of the Venezuelan military have indicated support for Mr. Juan Guaido and that support has resulted in disturbances in Venezuela.

US says it "fully supports" Guaido's call for military uprising

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration backs Venezuelan congressional leader Juan Guaido in his call for a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro.

Pompeo says in a tweet that the US "fully supports" Guaido's call for the start of "Operacion Libertad."

He says the US stands with the Venezuelan people "in their quest for freedom and democracy."

He says democracy cannot be defeated.

The Trump administration has led calls for countries to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader since January.

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