Border clashes, Cucuta, Colombia

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Protestors at the Simon Bolivar bridge, February 24, 2019.

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Protestors at the Simon Bolivar International bridge, February 24, 2019

 

San Jose de Cucuta, a capital city of Norte de Santander department of Colombia, was in the headlines for the wrong reason. On February 23, 2019. at Cucuta, a convoy carrying humanitarian aid tried to enter Venezuela but was stopped and burned by the forces loyal to president Nicolas Maduro.
Violent clashes began and lasted for days, during which time the borders were closed. The protestors used stones, bottles, shoes as projectiles, making Molotov cocktails, during the fight with the Venezuelan police. Many were severely injured, asking for help at the Colombian side.

 

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Protestors at the Simon Bolivar bridge trying to move the burned truck February 25, 2019

 

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Protestors at the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge carrying the barrel, on which is the flag of Venezuela, February 25, 2019
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A protestor stretching at the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge, Cucuta, Colombia, February 25, 2019.

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February 25, 2019

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February 25, 2019

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A protestor is lying at the Simon Bolivar international bridge after clashes with the Venezuelan police, February 24, 2019
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A demonstrator gesticulates near the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge, February 26, 2019

 

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The demonstrators enter the Colombian side of the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge
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The Venezuelan police officers stand with the Venezuela flag the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge
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The Venezuelan police officers stand at the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge
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The Venezuelan police officers stand at the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge
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A protestor poses near the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge, February 26, 2019

 

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A Migracion officer looks at the Colombian Mounted police, February 26, 2019
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A member of the Venezuelan National Guard defected to Colombia is escorted by a Colombian policeman, February 26, 2019
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