Thousands have fled Maduro’s narcodictatorial regime into Brazil; some have joined the organized crime.

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You need to be a millionnaire in Caracas to by a 2.4kg chicken, for 14,600,000 bolivars, equivalent of US$ 2.22.

The Central Bank of Venezuela has recently launched a note of 1 million bolivars, but being a millionaire in Venezuela is not a sign of prosperity. This amount can buy eight bread rolls, a small soft drink, a kilo of tomato or a bar of low-quality soap. The scarce local currency is being replaced by the US dollar in day-to-day operations. Hyperinflation of 2665% in 2020 is just another sign of the disastrous and criminal leftist model of perpetuating power, which prioritizes uncontrolled public spending to subsidize populist policies.

The consequences of the crisis caused by Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro are also felt in Brazil, since the countries share a land border. The municipality of Pacaraima, in the state of Roraima, is the main gateway for the Venezuelan refugees fleeing the humanitarian crisis. The Brazilian federal government, under president Michel Temer’s administration in 2016, has created Operation Welcome with the objective of providing Venezuelan refugees with shelter and assimilation into the country. While providing shelter is a humanitarian act, issuing identification documents and granting temporary residency to anyone crossing the border, no questions asked, is a questionable policy. So far, over 265,000 Venezuelans have been dealt with in the program. They’re provided with food, medical care and means of communication with family members in Venezuela. They also receive Portuguese lessons and are then taken to other cities in the country where they start a new life.

Some of the refugees are qualified professionals such as teachers, lawyers and economists. They have striking stories to tell about the situation in Venezuela. Marifer Vargas, for example, ran away with her daughter and husband in search of security and freedom. Her testimony on the situation in Venezuela illustrates what socialist governments are experts at producing – hunger, violence, persecution of opponents and a complete reliance on the state to provide everything:

“People, unfortunately, are starving, they are dying because they can't get medicine. Governments may change, but not people’s mentality. Over 20 years, generations have been accustomed to government handouts. You have to learn that you have to work and study. Otherwise, there is no way to succeed in life without being completely dependent on the state. There, unfortunately, people have been used to getting everything from government. Here, we have a chance to reset our history, reinvent our life and make São Paulo our city and Brazil our new home”.

However, not all Venezuelan refugees are as honest and as hard working as Marifer. Many Venezuelans have joined Brazilian criminal organizations, in particular those in Roraima, with serious consequences for the public security in Brazil. It is estimated that at least 740 Venezuelans have become part of PCC, a national criminal organization, in the state of Roraima. It is believed that the PCC entered into an alliance with the criminal group Trem de Arágua, from Venezuela, and there is evidence that Venezuelans have taken prominent positions in the Brazilian criminal organization. Authorities believe that the objective of this criminal alliance is to facilitate the access to rifles and transport of drugs from Colombia.

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The Monte Cristo penitentiary in Roraima is ruled by the PCC criminal organization.

Brazil is proud to be able to provide a decent start for the Venezuelan brothers who are fleeing Bolivarian tyranny. However, there is an urgent need to stop criminal organizations from becoming international entities. Unsurprisingly, left-wing politicians in Brazil publicly defend narcodictator Nicolás Maduro, despite all these facts.

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