This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Ecuador: Venezuelan migrants block border bridge in protest over new visa rules01:21

Ecuador: Venezuelan migrants block border bridge in protest over new visa rules

Colombia, Ipiales
August 27, 2019 at 04:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of migrants from Venezuela staged a protest over new visa rules at the Rumichaca International Bridge into Ecuador on Monday.

"We are here because we decided to close it [the bridge], and we have no plans to leave, because what else can we do? We cannot go back to Venezuela, we have nothing left there, we are starving to death, and we have no medicine," Raimer Lugo a Venezuelan protester.

Reportedly, the protesters blocked the border crossing for seven hours, closing the main entrance to Ecuador from Colombia. Police eventually arrived on the scene and forcibly removed the protesters.

Ecuador declared a state of emergency in three of its regions earlier in August after an increase in migrant numbers and announced new regulations requiring any migrant from Venezuela to posses a valid visa before entry. The move prompted some 85,000 migrants to make the crossing from Colombia before the new rules took effect on August 26.

Reportedly, around 1.4 million Venezuelans migrants are based in Colombia, some of which have fled the ongoing political and economic crises in their country.

Ecuador: Venezuelan migrants block border bridge in protest over new visa rules01:21
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Hundreds of migrants from Venezuela staged a protest over new visa rules at the Rumichaca International Bridge into Ecuador on Monday.

"We are here because we decided to close it [the bridge], and we have no plans to leave, because what else can we do? We cannot go back to Venezuela, we have nothing left there, we are starving to death, and we have no medicine," Raimer Lugo a Venezuelan protester.

Reportedly, the protesters blocked the border crossing for seven hours, closing the main entrance to Ecuador from Colombia. Police eventually arrived on the scene and forcibly removed the protesters.

Ecuador declared a state of emergency in three of its regions earlier in August after an increase in migrant numbers and announced new regulations requiring any migrant from Venezuela to posses a valid visa before entry. The move prompted some 85,000 migrants to make the crossing from Colombia before the new rules took effect on August 26.

Reportedly, around 1.4 million Venezuelans migrants are based in Colombia, some of which have fled the ongoing political and economic crises in their country.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
05:09
Visit the world's only black cat cafe in Japan's HimejiVisit the world's only black cat cafe in Japan's Himeji
October 27, 2020 at 17:14 GMT +00:00
04:00
Wunderbirds - parrots in China play ball games and perform gymnastics movesWunderbirds - parrots in China play ball games and perform gymnastics moves
October 28, 2020 at 14:01 GMT +00:00
02:29
USA: Protests flare up in Philadelphia following police shooting of Walter WallaceUSA: Protests flare up in Philadelphia following police shooting of Walter Wallace
October 28, 2020 at 08:36 GMT +00:00
02:58
USA: Pennsylvania bakery drums up business with Trump vs Biden cookies battleUSA: Pennsylvania bakery drums up business with Trump vs Biden cookies battle
October 28, 2020 at 20:43 GMT +00:00
00:52
France: Police on site as Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe evacuated after bag with ammunition foundFrance: Police on site as Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe evacuated after bag with ammunition found
October 27, 2020 at 19:45 GMT +00:00
01:03
USA: Mall looted as Philadelphia protests descend into mayhemUSA: Mall looted as Philadelphia protests descend into mayhem
October 28, 2020 at 06:57 GMT +00:00
03:15
France: Parisians content with Charlie Hebdo cartoon mocking ErdoganFrance: Parisians content with Charlie Hebdo cartoon mocking Erdogan
October 28, 2020 at 12:19 GMT +00:00
04:43
UAE: Dubai sets new record with world’s largest traditional Arabic dhow boatUAE: Dubai sets new record with world’s largest traditional Arabic dhow boat
October 28, 2020 at 19:20 GMT +00:00
04:25
USA: More than 200,000 white flags on display in DC to honour COVID-19 victimsUSA: More than 200,000 white flags on display in DC to honour COVID-19 victims
October 28, 2020 at 00:32 GMT +00:00
01:45
USA: Several arrested at Philadelphia protest following fatal shooting of Black man by policeUSA: Several arrested at Philadelphia protest following fatal shooting of Black man by police
October 28, 2020 at 03:00 GMT +00:00
02:34
Yemen: Protesters burn French flag following Macron's Islam comments in AdenYemen: Protesters burn French flag following Macron's Islam comments in Aden
October 28, 2020 at 01:17 GMT +00:00
02:29
Turkey: Demonstrators in Istanbul rally against Macron over Islam commentsTurkey: Demonstrators in Istanbul rally against Macron over Islam comments
October 27, 2020 at 17:50 GMT +00:00
04:32
UAE: 'World's longest' cantilever lifted into place in DubaiUAE: 'World's longest' cantilever lifted into place in Dubai
October 28, 2020 at 17:51 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:28
Germany: Merkel announces partial lockdown in attempt to slow down COVID-19 spreadGermany: Merkel announces partial lockdown in attempt to slow down COVID-19 spread
October 28, 2020 at 17:29 GMT +00:00
02:15
Germany: Berliners rally for more support for arts and businesses in COVID-19 timesGermany: Berliners rally for more support for arts and businesses in COVID-19 times
October 28, 2020 at 13:06 GMT +00:00
02:33
Iran: Protesters gather outside French Embassy following Macron's comments on IslamIran: Protesters gather outside French Embassy following Macron's comments on Islam
October 28, 2020 at 23:01 GMT +00:00
03:06
Azerbaijan: At least 21 dead and dozens injured as shelling hits BardaAzerbaijan: At least 21 dead and dozens injured as shelling hits Barda
October 28, 2020 at 18:58 GMT +00:00
02:29
Czech Republic: Protesters rally against COVID-19 preventive measures in PragueCzech Republic: Protesters rally against COVID-19 preventive measures in Prague
October 28, 2020 at 22:13 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:59
France: Macron announces nationwide lockdown to fight against second wave of COVIDFrance: Macron announces nationwide lockdown to fight against second wave of COVID
October 28, 2020 at 20:13 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:15
Ukraine: 'Spot' the robotic dog sniffs out radiation at Chernobyl’s nuclear plantUkraine: 'Spot' the robotic dog sniffs out radiation at Chernobyl’s nuclear plant
October 27, 2020 at 23:46 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
04:11
France: National Assembly condemns Erdogan's 'provocation' against MacronFrance: National Assembly condemns Erdogan's 'provocation' against Macron
October 27, 2020 at 18:47 GMT +00:00
02:17
Poland: Police remove protesters blocking Parliament as demonstrations continue against abortion banPoland: Police remove protesters blocking Parliament as demonstrations continue against abortion ban
October 29, 2020 at 05:20 GMT +00:00
03:02
Italy: Police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse Rome rally against COVID restrictionsItaly: Police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse Rome rally against COVID restrictions
October 27, 2020 at 21:34 GMT +00:00
02:38
Australia: Locals elated as Melbourne ends strict lockdownAustralia: Locals elated as Melbourne ends strict lockdown
October 28, 2020 at 07:40 GMT +00:00
02:45
USA: Water-dropping helicopters battle wildfires as thousands evacuated in Orange CountyUSA: Water-dropping helicopters battle wildfires as thousands evacuated in Orange County
October 28, 2020 at 09:08 GMT +00:00
View all videos