Venezuela declares state of emergency along Colombia border

By REUTERS
August 22, 2015 09:13

 
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Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday declared a state of emergency along parts of the border with Colombia to restore order after a clash between smugglers and troops left three soldiers wounded.

The measure will remain in effect for 60 days in five municipalities of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, where smugglers of gasoline and subsidized food products have increasingly clashed with security forces.

"This decree provides ample power to civil and military authorities to restore peace," he said in a ceremony broadcast on state television.

The decree suspends constitutional guarantees in those areas, except for guarantees relating to human rights.

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