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Venezuelan law enforcement was forced to return the rogue attacks with teargas canisters along the Brazilian border.
Conflict along the Venezuela-Brazil border in the city of Santa Elena de Uairen has been controlled, Francisco Jose Ameliach Orta, vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, reported Sunday.
Disturbances erupted along the Venezuela-Brazil border Sunday morning after a group of people began throwing stones and burning tires dangerously near a Venezuelan state oil station, triggering a swift response from state authorities.
Around 9:30 a.m., Venezuelan law enforcement were forced to return the rogue attacks with teargas canisters while Brazilian authorities intervened, pushing the protesters away from the border, teleSUR correspondent Andre Vieira reports.
“So is the border at this time between Brazil and Venezuela. Brazilian police authorities created a barrier and do not allow Venezuelan opposition groups to approach the boundary between the two countries on the Brazilian side,” the journalist tweeted, adding that only health emergencies were permitted to cross the border Sunday morning.
Hace algunos minutos, luego que un grupo tiró piedras y quemó neumáticos cerca de la gasolinera de PDVSA del lado venezolano, la guardia de Venezuela respondió con bombas lacrimógenas. Esto pasó hace poco en la frontera de Brasil con Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/ieL4Bj1TpV
"A few minutes ago, after a group threw stones and burned tires near the petrol station of PDVSA on the Venezuelan side, the Venezuelan guard responded with teargas. This happened recently on the border of Brazil with Venezuela."
Venezuela’s border attracted copious amounts of attention this weekend, after opposition forces commandeered two tanks and attacked innocent bystanders gathered at Simon Bolivar-Venezuela border bridge to Colombia from which the “aid” was expected to arrive.
Colombian forces looked the other way as violent Venezuelan opposition protesters, or ‘Guarimberos’, threw homemade Molotov cocktails at Venezuela’s National Guard and ran over two women in the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) vehicles.
In a statement Sunday, Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez, revealed that the perpetrators are in custody and investigators believe that the attack may have been premeditated.
Rodriguez said, "Colombia is a country that is an expert in false positives, we will show the tests. There was no intention of bringing humanitarian aid, what they were trying to do was aggression against a country that defends its sovereignty.
“The intention of the opposition was to kill the people who daily transit between the border of Venezuela and Colombia. Everything that happened was on the Colombian side with the complicity of the police and the government of Ivan Duque, there are pictures of the "guarimberos" next to the police,” he said.