Killing of two Venezuelan youths in Colombia sparks diplomatic row

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Bogota, Colombia (CNN)The sidesplitting of 2 Venezuelan boys successful Colombia is rapidly escalating into a diplomatic enactment with neighboring Venezuela.

The Venezuelan youths, aged 12 and 18, were seized by bystanders successful the Colombian municipality of Tibú past week, and accused of intending to rob a store, according to a connection by determination police. They were tied up and their hands bound, the connection said.

In a wide circulated video seen by CNN, they look surrounded by screaming people, who threatened to parade them crossed town.

    A migration situation  is ballooning successful  Latin America

    Both were aboriginal recovered dormant with bullets successful their heads and a motion speechmaking "thief" connected their bodies, a constabulary source, who asked not to beryllium named due to the fact that they were not authorized to sermon the matter, told CNN.

      It remains unclear who killed the boys. Tibú is simply a distant municipality successful the agrarian Catatumbo region, wherever guerrilla groups and narco-trafficking organizations are known to power ample areas of the territory.

      On Monday, Col. Carlos Martinez of the Colombian constabulary announced an probe had been launched into the murder, and blamed section guerrilla groups.

      But Venezuelan officials rapidly showed their dissatisfaction with Colombian authorities' enactment to unafraid justice, and seized connected the sidesplitting arsenic impervious of a broader phenomenon.

      On Wednesday, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez cited the deaths arsenic grounds of xenophobia and deadly persecution of Venezuelan migrants.

      "The information is that our migrants are being murdered successful Colombia," she said during a quality league successful Caracas, vowing to rise the contented with multilateral organizations.

      While millions of migrants moved from Colombia to Venezuela successful the 20th period to flight drug-related struggle successful their country, the inclination has reversed successful the past fewer years due to Venezuela's economical illness and governmental crisis. There are presently much than 1.8 cardinal Venezuelan migrants successful Colombia, the world's largest assemblage of overseas Venezuelans.

      Colombian President Ivan Duque has received planetary praise for issuing impermanent extortion presumption (TPS) for 10 years to Venezuelan migrants, allowing them to enroll their children successful schoolhouse and person wellness sum from the Colombian state.

      Also connected Wednesday, Duque personally presented ID papers to the archetypal migrant nether the TPS framework, a 49-year-old technologist from Acarigua, Venezuela, who moved to Bogota successful 2017.

        "Colombia welcomes you with unfastened arms, I'm precise blessed to sojourn you," Duque said conscionable arsenic Rodriguez was accusing Colombian authorities of failing migrants.

        Colombia and Venezuela person not had diplomatic relations since 2019, erstwhile the authorities successful Bogota, on with much than 50 countries including the United States, officially recognized Venezuelan absorption person Juan Guaido arsenic the country's morganatic caput of state.

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