Peru’s president warns of refugee crisis in Venezuela


The deadly unrest in Venezuela could lead to “a blood bath” and spark a major refugee crisis, Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski warned as violence continued in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas.

On Monday, protesters attacked a branch of the Supreme Court with petrol bombs and damaged a bank in the same building, which was engulfed in flames and smoke.

Several protesters were injured as security guards tried to repel them. Speaking in Madrid, Kuczynski said Venezuela’s months-long political and economic crisis, which has seen thousands march for and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, could force people to leave the country in droves.

“If nothing is done, it will end in a blood bath, there will be a [migratory] invasion in Cucuta [in Colombia],” said Kuczynski, a sharp critic of Maduro. “Two or three democratic countries” could join several other allies of Venezuela as part of the commission, Kuczynski suggested, judging that all other attempts at easing the situation through multilateral organisations have failed.

He added that Venezuelans could also start crossing over to the Dutch island of Curacao north of their country in boats…

Read more : SCMP, 13.06.2017