Venezuela

Move to ramp up T&T's border patrols

Bor­der se­cu­ri­ty be­tween T&T and Venezuela is be­ing stepped up in an­tic­i­pa­tion of an in­creased in­flux of Venezue­lans fol­low­ing the cri­sis in that coun­try, says Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young.

At yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing he said, “As things de­vel­op and if they de­vel­op in a man­ner that’s not one of calm we - be­ing one of the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries to Venezuela - can ex­pect an in­flux of im­mi­grants.”

La Guerre: Brace for influx of migrants

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Prof John La Guerre is warn­ing Gov­ern­ment to brace for an in­flux of Venezue­lans seek­ing po­lit­i­cal asy­lum in T&T as the cri­sis in that coun­try un­folds.

La Guerre was speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia, as he weighed in on Venezuela's mount­ing tur­moil, fol­low­ing Wednes­day's protest ac­tion by thou­sands against Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro.

Be­tween Wednes­day and Thurs­day, Venezuela re­port­ed 12 deaths and scores in­jured as the cri­sis es­ca­lat­ed.

Emergency CARICOM meeting on Venezuela

CARICOM Heads of Government are at this time holding a special emergency meeting via video-conference to address the ongoing situation in Venezuela.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley and Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs the Hon Denis Moses are in attendance.

The announcement was made by the Office of the Prime Minister's Twitter feed.

We will have more on this when there is further information.

US to give $20M in humanitarian aid to Venezuela & Guaido gets the funds

The United States has pledge US$20 million in humanitarian aid to Venezeula, as it seeks to ensure that Venezuelan oil revenue goes to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who swore himself in as interim president, and to cut off money from the increasingly isolated President Nicolas Maduro.

The announcement signals that Washington is willing to go beyond traditional diplomatic measures and will seek to drain cash from Maduro's government which is already struggling under an unprecedented economic meltdown.

Maduro gives US diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has cut off diplomatic relations with the United States, the biggest importer of Venezuelan oil, and said American diplomats had 72 hours to leave the country.

"Before the people and nations of the world, and as constitutional president. .... I've decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government," Maduro told a crowd of red-shirted supporters gathered at the presidential palace.

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