MEDELLÍN, Colombia — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela ordered a short lived shutdown of air and maritime visitors with three Caribbean neighbors on Friday, accusing smugglers there of looking for to plunder his nation.
In a televised handle, Mr. Maduro stated he had halted all flights and ship visitors to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao for seventy two hours. He accused the three nations of operating black markets by siphoning the whole lot from copper to meals earlier than promoting the gadgets.
“They take away gold from this nation illegally, and make it authorized to promote there; they take away coltan, they take away diamonds, they take away all meals merchandise,” Mr. Maduro stated. “I didn’t need to take a measure like this one, however I’m able to take much more radical measures.”
The Caribbean islands, that are brief distances from Venezuela’s northern coast, have lengthy hosted black markets for Venezuelan contraband, buying and selling every little thing from illegally mined minerals to narcotics. The nations, nevertheless, have develop into higher recognized beneath Mr. Maduro’s presidency because the touchdown website of boats of hungry Venezuelans fleeing their nation’s meals shortages.
Many refugees have fled illegally, so the closure is unlikely to cease these departures. However it’s going to minimize off Venezuelans wishing to journey by air at a time when many airways refuse to fly to the nation due to security considerations.
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