Chile claims to do “whatever is necessary” so that the “crime” against the Venezuelans “does not go unpunished”.
The dialogue table in Mexico between the government and the Venezuelan opposition also rejects what happened
Maduro reminds the attacked Venezuelans that “they have a home that welcomes and loves them”.
The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry reported Monday that the government is pushing the repatriation procedures of Venezuelan migrants who suffered xenophobia over the weekend in Chilean lands.
“We are making progress in coordinating with our embassy in Chile and our competent authorities on the repatriation of nationals and victims of xenophobic attacks, as instructed by President Nicolás Maduro,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Félix Plasencia published on his social networks.
Plasencia added that the Venezuelan government strongly condemns the “unacceptable acts of discrimination” that took place this weekend during an anti-immigration march in the city of Iquique, northern Chile.
This Sunday, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez called on the Chilean authorities to respect the physical integrity of Venezuelan migrants.
“Venezuela rejects xenophobia and attacks on Venezuelan migrants and demands that the national and local authorities of Chile respect the physical and mental integrity of our compatriots,” wrote Rodríguez on Twitter.
With this, the Venezuelan government responded to the protest march in Iquique, which took place this Saturday against immigration and which ended with the burning of property belonging to foreigners.
Faced with this situation, this Sunday President Maduro announced the launch of the Plan Vuelta a la Patria to ensure the safe return of all Venezuelan migrants in Chile who so wish.
In addition, that Monday he made an intervention on television, collected by the local newspaper “Últimas Noticias”, in which he affirmed that the Venezuelans attacked “have a home that welcomes and loves them”.
The Venezuelan head of state accuses the “Pinochet rights” of “promoting hatred” against his fellow citizens with reference to the migration policy of the government of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera.
“Venezuela is a country that takes in migrants, there was no persecution or mistreatment of foreigners who decided to come to our country, we treated them with love, we never persecuted them,” stressed Maduro.
Finally, he has accused Venezuelan opposition politicians, such as the presidential commissioner for foreign relations, who was appointed by the self-proclaimed “responsible president” of Venezuela Juan Guaidó, Julio Borges.
“Borges is a despicable creature who should be tried and imprisoned for the crimes he has committed. He is one of the promoters of hatred and xenophobia unleashed against Venezuelans,” Maduro said.
CHILE CONDEMNDS “BRUTAL AGGRESSION”
For his part, President Piñera has described the demonstration and what happened there as “brutal aggression” by an “uncontrolled mob”.
“We are doing everything necessary to ensure that this crime does not go unpunished and is severely punished under the law,” said Piñera from Uruguay, where he is to begin a tour of South America, as reported by the Chilean newspaper ‘La Tercera’. .
The president has also met with criticism of the government’s immigration policy and assures that it is fulfilling its “obligation to restore order internally and to promote legal, orderly and safe migration”.
With this in mind, he has indicated that his decisions are aimed at safeguarding the rights of migrants, who are “often abused by trafficking gangs”, while protecting “the rights of Chileans”.
“We have also expressed our responsibility and solidarity with democracy in Venezuela. That is why we created a visa of democratic responsibility that has enabled us to host more than 500,000 Venezuelans in our country and that also favors family reunification, ”he concluded.
THE VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION INCLUDES THE COMPLAINT
The Venezuelan government and opposition have expressed their opposition to xenophobia against Venezuelan migrants on Chilean soil. “These acts represent a very serious violation of law,” they warn in the joint statement, which was published after the conclusion of the third round of dialogues in Mexico City.
The two delegations have therefore come together to condemn these events and the series of slander and hate campaigns that Venezuelans have suffered “in different countries”.