24-08-19.-They quit their job, their family and their home to join an opposition movement to overthrow Nicolás Maduro's government and support the leader Juan Guaidó, who called them in January to retire, according to the Frontera da Cúcuta newspaper.
On Friday, about one hundred former members of the National Guard of Venezuela (GNB) who defected to Colombia and are in Cúcuta protested. They say they were promised $ 250,000 for a three-month lease, but they received only one.
"We came to risk management because they told us that they gave us a card to collect the second payment and nobody tells us anything. They promised us aid after supporting Guaidó," said Alfredo Gavilanes, who lives in the neighborhood of El Llano.
According to official data, almost a thousand soldiers deserted after Guaidó's call, supported by US governments. UU. and Colombia, in an event that attracted the attention of the world when they crossed the border via the international bridge of Simón Bolívar. They have been deserting for seven months and now they feel alone in a country where they have never walked.
"We don't want to be anyone's weight. We want them to help us find a job so that everyone can support the family and move forward, "said Hernán Coronado, who lives in Riohacha and went to Cúcuta in search of such help.