1000s cross Venezuela border shopping for scarce food

2016-07-17 21:46
A Venezuelan man shows money as he crosses the border from San Antonio del Tachira to Colombia.  (Schneyder Mendoza, AFP)

A Venezuelan man shows money as he crosses the border from San Antonio del Tachira to Colombia. (Schneyder Mendoza, AFP)

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San Antonio Del Tachira - Caravans of Venezuelan families have driven for hours on bandit-plagued highways to a checkpoint on the Colombian border where they'll be able to cross and hunt for goods that are in short supply at home.

It's the second weekend in a row that tens of thousands of Venezuelans are being permitted to swarm across the bridges in Tachira state.

An estimated 35 000 Venezuelans crossed the Simon Bolivar bridge in search of food and medicine on Saturday.

Venezuela's socialist government closed all crossings a year ago to crack down on smuggling along the 2 200km border.

Shortages are mounting in Venezuela amid triple-digit inflation and a collapse in the oil prices that fund government spending.

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