Venezuelans cross shortly opened border with Colombia to buy goods

Thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border with Colombia on July 10 to purchase life necessities.

(Soundbite) Carmen Duran, Venezuelan
“We have come here on this day, because there is nothing (to buy on our side), nothing. If you find any, it is three times as expensive. We can get nothing, but stay hungry at home.”

The Simon Bolivar Bridge between the Venezuelan town of San Antonio del Tachira and the Colombian town of Cucuta was temporarily opened, after almost a year-long closure by Venezuela to contain smuggling and paramilitary activities.

The Colombian authorities estimated that some 35,000 people came from Venezuela on the day to buy staple foods, personal care products and medicines.

The weekend transit was in preparation for the full opening of the bridge post in the near future, according to local authorities.

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