Venezuelans in Colombia, Peru protest as Nicolas Maduro begins second term

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:16 AM PT — Friday, January 11, 2019

Venezuelans living in Peru and Colombia protest the beginning of President Nicolas Maduro’s second term despite the humanitarian crisis under his regime.

At a ceremony Thursday, Maduro was sworn in by Venezuela’s Supreme Court before a group of pro-government supporters.

Venezuelan citizens living in Brazil hold signs that read in Spanish “S.O.S. Venezuela. Don’t leave us alone,” left, and “Maduro. Illegitimate,” during protest against the inauguration of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro outside Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Maduro started a second, six-year term Thursday despite international cries urging him to step down and return democratic rule to a country suffering a historic economic implosion. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Meanwhile, members of the surrounding Latin American countries, including Colombian President Ivan Duque, called Maduro’s ongoing reign illegitimate after an election marred with fraud.

“All the countries of the hemisphere that defend democracy unite in a single voice to protect that national assembly, so that the entire world rejects this dictatorship,” stated President Duque.

The outrage is not limited to Latin America though as the United States and European Union also condemned Maduro’s reelection last year.

In the meantime, the international community is drawing attention to the migrant crisis in surrounding countries as thousands of Venezuelans flee Maduro’s’ government.

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