Formed mostly by women and children, the group talked to the “Profissão Repórter” team and said that they had been walking for 18 days. One woman explained why she decided to risk crossing: “Our money is enough to buy a kilo of rice. That’s all. This is the situation in Venezuela.”
“Eighteen days of walking. We have no clothes, we have nothing. The children are all barefoot. They can’t take any more walking,” said one of the men who was part of the group.
Male child, bare-chested, after an 18-hour walk to Brazil – Photo: Profissão Repórter
The Federal Police said they would not speak out or give an interview about the operation that detained the Venezuelans and their fate. Under the new Brazilian migration law of 2017, collective and immediate deportations – without the right of defense – are prohibited. The group caught by the “Profession reporter“ he almost had to return to Venezuela, but thanks to the decision of a judge in Boa Vista, during the night, he ended up escaping. He suspended the operation of the PF, which was already initiating procedures to deport them.
Watch the full report, which shows the clandestine trails through which Venezuelans pass, in the video below:
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