At least 500 Venezuelans, who were in Colombia waiting to be authorized by Venezuela to return, tried to take the Simón Bolívar International Bridge by force to go back home, according to official sources.
The Colombian Office of Immigration Affairs, Migración Colombia, said that the situation was brought under control by the Police and also explained to the Venezuelans that “remaining on the bridge posed a risk to their safety, as weather conditions in the area could lead to a disaster.”
The Colombian immigration authority stated that “80% of the foreigners left the bridge, and the agency staff is talking to Venezuelan immigration authorities to allow their entry into the country.”
The transit of vehicles across the Colombian border with Venezuela was banned in August 2015 by order of the Venezuelan government, followed by the transit of people, after Nicolás Maduro decided to break off relations with Colombia on February 23, 2019, when the head of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, tried to enter the country from Cúcuta with trucks of humanitarian aid.
In March, the Colombian government also ordered the closing of all land and river border crossings in the country to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.