“These permits were requested since last Monday, April 1," the Venezuelan embassy in Argentina said.
Venezuela is accusing Argentina of attempting to sabotage nationals’ efforts to return home after Bolivarian flight permits were revoked on Saturday when nearly 100 Venezuelans had planned to return to Caracas.
"We denounce that the Government of Argentina has not approved the necessary permits for the humanitarian flight of the 'Plan Vuelta a la Patria' (Return to the Homeland Plan) scheduled for tomorrow April 12, violating the human rights of 90 compatriots who wish to return home, to their land: Venezuela," wrote Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza wrote on Twitter.
According to Juan Jose Valero, business manager at the Venezuelan embassy in Argentina, said, “these permits were requested since last Monday, April 1, and this would have been the first flight of 2019."
"Many of them sold the houses where they lived and put their jobs in order," said Valero.
Now some 90 Venezuelan men, women, children, and disabled persons- awaiting medical treatment- are stranded waiting for the Macri administration to solve this situation.
“We call for reflection in order to consider the humanitarian and inclusive nature of this project and we reiterate to all the families affected by this situation that have our full support, with the Bolivarian Government and its president, Nicolás Maduro, that they are going guarantee their right to return to the homeland that gave birth to them,” said Valero.
This would have been the fourth flight of the ‘Return to the Fatherland’ an initiative which has assisted over 12,000 Venezuelan citizens escape rising xenophobic attacks and falling employment opportunities in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Chile and Panama.