Venezuela’s decision to close its border with Colombia at night to fight contraband is drawing complaints from both sides of the frontier.
On Monday, Venezuela began shutting down the 1,500-mile border from 10pm to 5 am to crack down on the smuggling of heavily-subsidized gasoline and food. Venezuela has the world’s cheapest gas.
The 30-day trial closure has sparked a lot of grumbling from locals, thousands of whom cross the border for work.
In the Venezuelan border town of Urena, Chamber of Commerce president Isidoro Teres says dozens of 24-hour factories that make glass, plastic and other products may no longer be able to operate at night.
The chief security official for Colombia’s Norte de Santander state, Nohora Oliveros, says state officials also oppose the closure.