Venezuela’s National Guard has fired tear gas on residents clearing a barricaded border bridge between Venezuela and Colombia to let humanitarian aid pass through. (Feb. 23)
Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the detention of six Univision News journalists during an interview Monday, the network reported, following escalating conflict in the area this weekend.
“After 17 minutes into the interview, Maduro didn’t approve the line of questioning and confiscated our equipment,” Jorge Ramos told Univision late Monday, adding that he and his team were later released.
Maduro stopped the interview and got upset, Ramos said, after the team showed him a video of young people eating out of garbage trucks. Venezuela has been facing a humanitarian and economic crisis, including a shortage of food and medicine, drawing international attention.
Authorities in Caracas also detained Maria Martinez, Claudia Rondon, Francisco Urreiztieta, Juan Carlos Guzman and Martin Guzman, Univision reported. Their video, TV and phones were confiscated as well, Univision said. Authorities have not returned their equipment, but released them unharmed.
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