Effort to Close Venezuela's Border Turns Deadly

Venezuelan soldiers fired on civilians trying to keep border section open
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2019 9:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on state TV Thursday night that he was closing the border with Brazil "completely and absolutely." The Washington Post reports a woman was killed Friday morning during an effort to keep a part of it open to allow humanitarian aid through on Saturday. A group tried to block a military convoy that had arrived at a checkpoint set up by indigenous activists by standing in front of the vehicles.

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Gran Sabana Mayor Emilio Gonzalez tells the AP the Venezuela National Guard and army fired rubber bullets and tear gas at them, killing 42-year-old Zorayda Rodriguez and injuring 12 more. A witness tells the Post locals kidnapped three soldiers in the aftermath. The Post calls it the "first fatality of a massive opposition operation meant to deliver international relief into this devastated South American country." (Read more Venezuela stories.)

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