The BL News—Across Latin America-03-01-2019

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The BL News—Across Latin America-03-01-2019

-Maduro's government recognizes at least 100 Venezuelan soldiers have defected
- in Colombia “Coyotes” arrested and charged with homicide
- in Argentina, Small farmers protest by giving away thousands of vegetables
- López Obrador launches plan to support Mexicans living in the U.S.


Maduro's government recognizes at least 100 Venezuelan soldiers have defected

Venezuela's Defense Minister, General Vladimir Padrino, acknowledged that more than 100 soldiers have deserted.

On Wednesday, Migración Colombia reported that more than 400 members of Maduro government's armed forces showed up at its offices looking for help.
They explained that the defectors belong to the Bolivarian National Police, the National Guard, the Army, the Navy, and even the Special Forces.
More than 100,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces continue to remain loyal to the leader Nicolás Maduro.


“Coyotes” arrested and charged with homicide

Some illegal immigrant traffickers were arrested in Colombia on charges of a shipwreck that resulted in fatalities.

The group would transport the undocumented through the Colombian department of Chocó to Panama, with the goal of reaching the United States.

The eight detainees will be transferred to the courts in the city of Medellín to be prosecuted for the crimes of immigrant trafficking, conspiracy, and homicide.

They are also accused of the wreckage of a boat loaded with 30 Congolese, of which only eight could be rescued alive.

The Colombian Navy declared in 2018, 38 human traffickers and more than 700 illegal migrants were arrested in the area, while 16 boats were seized.

In Argentina, Small farmers protest by giving away thousands of vegetables

Farmers in Argentina protested in front of the Government House in Buenos Aires giving away more than 20,000 kilograms of vegetables.

They sought to highlight the low remuneration they obtain for the sale of their agricultural products.

Agustín Suárez, a member of the workers Unión, said there are fewer and fewer small producers due to lack of support, increased costs and tariffs, and devaluation.

the concentration in Plaza de Mayo takes place two weeks after the police repressed an act of identical characteristics in Plaza de la Constitución.

the workers' union of 15,000 farmers organized similar mobilizations in 15 Argentine provinces simultaneously.

López Obrador launches plan to support Mexicans living in the U.S.

The President of Mexico, López Obrador, presented the Strategy for the Protection of Migrants Living in the United States.

After recognizing the significant financial contribution made to Mexico by the nearly 12 million Mexicans residing in the neighboring country, he said that the network of consulates would be strengthened.

Mexican culture, education, health, and sports will also be promoted.

The program, which will cost more than $170 million, will expand the network of lawyers and create migrant advocacy organizations, focusing on the fact that 48% of migrants are undocumented.

He also highlighted the excellent relations between both countries, and the commitment of millionaire investment to develop the south zone of Mexico and to contain the migratory flows of Central America and Mexico.

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