Just two weeks after a dozen people died while trying to flee Venezuela for T&T in a pirogue, the crew and passengers of another vessel coming from Venezuela are currently in a standoff with the T&T Coast Guard, fearing they may suffer the same fate.
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.
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 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.
Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido says he has started the “final phase” of his plan to oust the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
He is calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him.
Guaido, in a video posted on his Twitter account, was accompanied by men in military uniform and opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, who has been placed under house arrest.
Videos emerged on social media showing military personnel calling on Venezuelans to join Guaido and “join freedom.”
Images posted to Twitter show Venezuelans gathering to protest.
Cabinet has agreed to open a two-week registration for Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago, to allow then an initial stay of six months in which they can also work in Trinidad and Tobago.
The decision is for Venezuelans who arrive here legally or illegally.
The two-week amnesty will begin on May 31st and run until June 14th.
Government Minister Stuart Young told today's post-Cabinet media conference that five registration centres will be set up with interpreters for the registration process.
Trinidad and Tobago has abstained from yet another vote taken by the Organisation of American States (OAS) related to Venezuela.
The Permanent Council of the OAS approved on Wednesday the resolution - "Humanitarian Assistance in Venezuela” - encouraging member states, permanent observers, and the competent international organizations “to continue providing support and implementing measures to address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.”