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As our compatriots ran amok, killing at least three people, news agency Reuters reported that Brazil was sending armed forces to keep order near its border with Venezuela. Another neighbor, Peru, declared a health emergency as a regional crisis sparked by thousands of Venezuelans fleeing economic collapse escalated.

The exodus of Venezuelans to other South American countries is building toward a “crisis moment” comparable with events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Nations said.

There are close to one million Venezuelans now living in Colombia and more than 400,000 in Peru. The Venezuelans are fleeing economic collapse. They are fleeing their own country to, as their president Nicolas Maduro has said, “clean toilets in other countries”.

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