Venezuelans in Ecuador who have been attacked and persecuted will be able to return to their country on Wednesday.
The Government of Venezuela will activate on Wednesday three flights from Ecuador for the return of nationals in the framework of the Plan Vuelta a la Patria.
The announcement was made by Chancellor Jorge Arreaza through his Twitter account, in the face of the recent xenophobic attacks suffered by several Venezuelans after the announcement of the Ecuadorian Government.
Mañana miércoles serán 3 los vuelos del Plan Vuelta a la Patria rumbo a Ecuador, para facilitar el retorno cientos de compatriotas que han decidido regresar a Venezuela, ante la campaña xenófoba que emprendió el gobierno de ese país contra los migrantes venezolanos
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) January 22, 2019
On Monday, Arreaza demanded that President Lenin Moreno stop the xenophobia and persecution against Venezuelan citizens after the femicide of Diana Carolina Rodríguez Reyes that occurred last Saturday night.
Los hechos sucedidos en Ecuador, que involucran a migrantes venezolanos, no pueden desatar una ola de xenofobia patrocinada por las propias autoridades. En Suramérica no hay migrantes extranjeros porque todos somos ciudadanos de suramericanos.
— Ernesto Samper P. (@ernestosamperp) January 21, 2019
The 22-year-old girl was murdered in Ibarra by a man of Venezuelan origin, who held her hostage for 90 minutes in front of police officers and numerous people.
The president of Ecuador issued a statement in which he called for “the immediate formation of brigades to control the situation of Venezuelan immigrants on the streets, in workplaces and on the border.”
After the call, a wave of xenophobic violence was unleashed against the Venezuelan citizens, who were attacked, persecuted and their places of residence violated.
Several sectors of Ecuadorian society, authorities, activists and nationals around the world rejected Moreno’s announcement for inciting xenophobia.
Translated by JRE