Aruba at heightened state of alert due to political situation in Venezuela
WILLEMSTAD – According to a report in the Aruban news site NoticiaCla.com in connection with the current political situation in Venezuela, where protests and civil unrest are at issue, the Aruba Police Force, together with other relevant authorities decided to raise the state of alert, especially on the coast of the island.
In an official statement, authorities indicated that steps have been taken to prevent groups, either out of fear or for a better life, to cross the sea towards Aruba.
The police this week has raised the state of alert and the public has already noticed this through more police patrols on the coast. Besides the police patrols on land there will often be more patrol on the water by the police, in cooperation with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has now increased its presence in the Aruban waters.
Although the intensified police controls apply to the entire Aruban coast, there will be extra attention to well-known places like Arashi, the dog cemetery in the Lago Colony and nearby beaches like Baby Beach and Rodgers Beach.
After hearing this news many people in Curaçao have wondered if these measures should not be taken here in Curaçao also.
Recently the Director of Red Cross Curaçao stated that they are prepared for possible Venezuelan refugees. This is in full contrast to what the neighboring island is doing.