Luke Taylor is a British journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia, where he covers politics, the peace process, and the Venezuela crisis.
Dilan Cruz’s death made him a martyr in the eyes of many Colombians, reigniting mass protests just as they began to fade. But his death has also been used to politicize the moment as President Ivan Duque attempts to quell the weeks-long protests.
The aid the volunteers hoped to carry over the bridges has become a flashpoint in Venezuela’s political crisis. But the humanitarian aid plan was fraught with complications from the very beginning.
The first convoy of trucks carrying 50 tons of aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela arrived at the Colombian-Venezuelan border town of Cúcuta on Thursday afternoon. Their arrival comes a day after the Venezuelan military barricaded the bridge set to transport the aid.
As the economic and political crisis continues under President Nicolás Maduro, some 40,000 Venezuelans a day cross the Simón Bolívar bridge into Colombia. Some return or linger at the border. Others keep on walking.