The Venezuelan opposition, particularly the Unitary Forum, rejected statements by the Peruvian president, who blamed Venezuelan immigrants for the increase in crime in the country and pointed out that “the vast majority are good citizens.”
What did Baluarte say?
Peru’s government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday in all its border regions with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Chile in a bid to increase “control of foreign nationals” in the country.
In this context, Peruvian President Dina Boluarte linked the increase in crime in the country to the immigration issue and directly blamed Venezuelans and Haitians for this increase in crime.
“The people who commit assaults, robberies, and other criminal acts on a daily basis are foreigners (…). 800,000 have entered Venezuela, the same number as Haitians, and they are the ones who unfortunately are committing these acts. are,” he said.
“We have to talk about migration almost simultaneously with citizen insecurity,” the head of state stressed during a press conference.
Position of the Venezuelan opposition
He from the Democratic Unitary Platform of Venezuela rejected Boluaarte’s statement: “In an irresponsible way, he has named our more than 1.2 million Venezuelan brothers as the main ones responsible for the criminal activities that took place in the fraternal country.”
“The vast majority of Venezuelans who have been forced to leave our country due to a deep humanitarian crisis are good, honest, and hardworking citizens,” he added to the platform on his Twitter account.
Finally, they pointed out that the sayings “can generate stigma that triggers hate crimes due to xenophobia, endangering the lives of millions of Venezuelan migrants around the world.”
“We demand respect and protection for Venezuelan migrants, whom we are sure to have mostly been testimonials of work and honesty in all corners of Peru,” he closed.
of criminal acts committed in the sister country. Most of the Venezuelans who have been forced to leave our country because of the deep humanitarian crisis are good, honest, and hardworking citizens …
de hechos delictivos que han ocurrido en el hermano país. La inmensa mayoría de los venezolanos que se han visto forzados a salir de nuestro país, por causa de la profunda crisis humanitaria que nos agobia, son ciudadanos de bien, honestos y trabajadores…
— Unidad Venezuela (@unidadvenezuela) April 27, 2023