Venezuela

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.

Another Venezuelan boat denied T&T entry

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.

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.

Venezuela Update: Military works with Guaidó, Maduro says situation under control

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. 

Greenlight for Venezuelans: Cabinet sets two-week registration process

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.

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