Nearly 10,000 Venezuelans Returned with 'Vuelta a la Patria' Plan

Venezuela has received about 9,817 emigrants until Friday with the ''Vuelta a la Patria'' (Return to the Homeland) Plan, promoted by the Executive since August.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted on Twitter that about 71 percent of Venezuelans returned by land and other 29 percent by air sponsored by the state-owned airline Conviasa.

The balance from the Foreign Ministry reflects that Brazil is from where the largest number of nationals returned, with a figure amounting to 6,663 people (68.52 percent), followed by Peru with 1,102 (12.36 percent), Ecuador 1,108 (10.42 percent) and Colombia 395 (4.06 percent).

About 186 also returned from the Dominican Republic (1.91 percent), 171 from Argentina (1.75 percent), 91 from Chile (0.93 percent) and one from Panama (0.01 percent), the Ministry posted.

The air bridge instructed by President Nicolas Maduro to boost the program did 29 flights until Thursday, 12 of them from Peru, another 12 from Ecuador, two arrived from Argentina and the Dominican Republic, respectively, and one from Chile.

The Foreign Ministry reported that another 9,565 Venezuelans are registered in embassies and consulates in most of the countries of the region in order to benefit from the repatriation project.

The 'Vuelta a la Patria' Plan aims to support Venezuelans who emigrated, but those who after facing an adverse reality in other nations, now wish to return to Venezuela, to study, work for peace and socio-economic prosperity of the nation.

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Venezuela's Colloquium on Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez's Thoughts

Caracas, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuela-Cuba Mutual Friendship and Solidarity Movement will hold an International Colloquium on the thoughts of Fidel Castro (1926- 2016) and Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) here on August 14, reported organizers.

Based in the National Experimental University of the Arts, in Caracas, the event will pay homage to the leader of the Cuban Revolution on the 92nd anniversary of his birth on August 13.

The meeting will address the contributions of Fidel and Chavez to the unity and independence of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the need to strengthen the ideological and conceptual bases of the struggles for the definitive emancipation of the regional countries.

The coordinator of the Venezuela-Cuba Solidarity movement, Yhonny Garcia Calles, told Prensa Latina that the colloquium will be attended by the renowned Cuban researcher Dolores Guerra, dedicated to the study of Fidel Castro's thought.

Among other guests, will intervene diplomatic authorities of the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) accredited in Venezuela, leaders of social movements and officials of the Cuban missions of collaboration in this country.

Garcia Calles stressed the need to deeply study the contribution of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez to the unity and independence of Latin America and the Caribbean, facing the actions of political, media, economic and financial war promoted against Venezuela and other countries in the area.

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Venezuela Dismantled Drug Trafficking Network

Caracas, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) As part of a continued campaign against drug-trafficking Venezuela's Attorney General, Tarek William Saab, reported the seizure of 82 kgs of cocaine in five shipments made through the MRW parcel company, bound to the Netherlands and Ivory Coast.

The head of the Public Prosecutor's Office explained that from June 20 to 22 officers of the Anti-drug Command of the Bolivarian National Guard detected five shipments of furniture and paintings in which they found several packages with the illegal substance.

He said that four of these shipments had originated in the state of Tachira and one from Anzoategui, and were discovered at the headquarters of MRW in Caracas.

At a press conference Saab added that for sending these parcels the traffickers used false identities, although the prosecution managed to identify the head of the criminal organization as Edgar Vitelio Bermudez, against whom an arrest warrant was issued.

The Public Prosecutor's Office, along with other State security forces, proceeded to raid the MRW offices in the towns of La Fria (Tachira) and Lecherias (Anzoategui), as well as Bermudez' properties.

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Cuban Five Distinguished As Illustrious Guests in Caracas

The Cuban Five today received the Keys to the City of Caracas from Mayor Jorge Rodriguez, which qualifies them as illustrious guests.

At the official welcoming ceremony in the Plaza Simon Bolivar, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, together with their families, laid a wreath at the statue of the Liberator of America.

Rodriguez said Venezuela thus commends the work and struggle carried out by the Cuban Five even when they were away from their homeland.

"We gave you the Keys to Caracas so that you know the gates of Caracas and this Homeland will always be open to you", he said.

For his part, the head of government of the Capital District, Ernesto Villegas, said the courage and dignity of the Cuban Five in US prisons since 1998, and the resistance of the Cuban people against Washington's criminal blockade, are a clear example that when peoples fight for peace and independence, they deserve the victory.

The campaign for the release of Gerardo, Rene, Ramon, Fernando and Antonio and their unwavering conviction -he said- gave us fuel and inspiration for Venezuela's crusade against the meddling decree of President Barack Obama, who considered Venezuela a threat for the US national security.

These men were arrested in 1998 in the United States and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment for preventing aggressions against Cuba and monitoring the actions of violent organizations based in Florida.

Hernandez, Labañino and Guerrero returned to Cuban soil on 17 December and their release was the result of an agreement reached between Cuba and the United States to restore diplomatic relations.

Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez were released in 2013 and 2014; respectively, after fully serving their unfair sentences, according to the opinion of many international organizations and personalities.

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