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Venezuela Crisis: Defectors fear for families under Maduro government

Latin American leaders to meet with Venezuela's government and opposition party to discuss the political and humanitarian crisis in the country.

Some of the one hundred Venezuelan soldiers who've defected to Colombia have told the BBC they fear for the safety of their families under President Nicolas Maduro's government. One officer said there were many others in the armed forces who wanted to defect and he hoped they would follow him. Latin American leaders have expressed their anger at the Venezuelan president's refusal to allow humanitarian aid into the country. They're due meet in Colombia later today to discuss further measures. They'll be joined by the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido - who's been recognised by many countries as the country's interim president - and the US vice-president, Mike Pence.

(IMAGE: Members of the Venezuelan National Guard clash with protesters of the Venezuelan opposition on the border with Colombia CREDIT: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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