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Colombia: 'Maduro's regime is not a government, it's a mafia' - US Republican Rubio01:50

Colombia: 'Maduro's regime is not a government, it's a mafia' - US Republican Rubio

Colombia, Cucuta
February 17, 2019 at 22:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Republican Senator Marco Rubio visited Colombia's border with Venezuela on Sunday, accompanied by fellow Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

Speaking at the border, Rubio remarked that "Maduro's regime is not a government, it is a mafia, it is an organized criminal organization similar to the mafias that existed in the 40s and 50s in all parts of the world and the United States."

"The only thing that is inevitable is the absolute freedom of the Venezuelan people and the dictator Maduro is closing the alternatives, the dictator Maduro is running out of time," echoed Diaz-Balart.

The two Florida republicans reportedly walked along the Simon Bolivar international bridge that separates the two countries and visited a relief centre nearby. Although the bridge has been closed to vehicles by the Venezuelan government since 2015, foot traffic continues with many Venezuelans reportedly leaving their country via the bridge.

Rubio also shared a saccharine moment with a child who told the politician that "All of the children of Venezuela want freedom."

"And we want that for them, you will be in a free country and you will be with your family in a free and democratic Venezuela," the senator replied.

Colombia: 'Maduro's regime is not a government, it's a mafia' - US Republican Rubio01:50
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US Republican Senator Marco Rubio visited Colombia's border with Venezuela on Sunday, accompanied by fellow Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

Speaking at the border, Rubio remarked that "Maduro's regime is not a government, it is a mafia, it is an organized criminal organization similar to the mafias that existed in the 40s and 50s in all parts of the world and the United States."

"The only thing that is inevitable is the absolute freedom of the Venezuelan people and the dictator Maduro is closing the alternatives, the dictator Maduro is running out of time," echoed Diaz-Balart.

The two Florida republicans reportedly walked along the Simon Bolivar international bridge that separates the two countries and visited a relief centre nearby. Although the bridge has been closed to vehicles by the Venezuelan government since 2015, foot traffic continues with many Venezuelans reportedly leaving their country via the bridge.

Rubio also shared a saccharine moment with a child who told the politician that "All of the children of Venezuela want freedom."

"And we want that for them, you will be in a free country and you will be with your family in a free and democratic Venezuela," the senator replied.

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