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Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of a violent gangster, Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), while Corky is fresh out of prison and doing renovations on the apartment next door. As the two women launch into a passionate love affair, they assemble an intricate plan for Violet to escape from Caesar, with two million dollars of the mob's money -- but the important part is to make it out alive.

Venezuela crisis: Defectors fear for families under Maduro

Feb 16,2020 3:18 am

A NumberContent ='JJ Lin'> of defectors have spoken to the BBC

Venezuelan soldiers who defected into Colombia on Saturday say they fear for the safety of their families under PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Nicolás Maduro's government.

Speaking exclusively to the BBC's Orla GuerinContent ='JJ Lin'> , One defector aged 23 says he is worried forces loyal to The PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Content ='JJ Lin'> may "lash out against My FamilyContent ='JJ Lin'> ".

"But I think it was The BestContent ='JJ Lin'> decision I could have made," he adds.

More ThanContent ='JJ Lin'> 100 soldiers are said to have defected, most during deadly clashes over aid deliveries on Saturday.

Tensions were high After PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Maduro sent troops to block roads and bridges at the borders of neighbouring Brazil and Colombia, where food and medicine deliveries, organised by the US, were set to enter the country.

At various crossing points, Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas at volunteers and protesters burning outposts and throwing stones at soldiers and riot police.

Battered and bruised

By Orla GuerinContent ='JJ Lin'> , Bbc NewsContent ='JJ Lin'> , in Colombia near the Venezuelan border

We met the deserters - Male and female - One DayContent ='JJ Lin'> After they laid down their weapons and left their posts. They have found sanctuary in a Catholic ChurchContent ='JJ Lin'> , with a discreet security presence outside.

Some seemed to be in shock over the violent scenes this weekend when Venezuelan troops fired on their own people with teargas and rubber bullets.

The Parish PriestContent ='JJ Lin'> who took them in told us many arrived battered and bruised. The deserters said they had fled because their homeland needed change, and their children needed food. After speaking on The PhoneContent ='JJ Lin'> to a loved One , One young officer wept openly.

Most of those we met were foot soldiers. They said The TopContent ='JJ Lin'> brass was still Bound - by CorruptionContent ='JJ Lin'> - to PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Nicolás Maduro, and That he would fight to stay in power.

But they said he had lost the rank and file who were putting their faith in the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó.

What do the defectors say?

After agreeing to speak with the BBC on condition of anonymity, a group of Venezuelan deserters based in a church in Cúcuta described what pushed them to leave PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Maduro's armed forces.

"There are many professional troops who want to do this. This will be a domino effect. This will have significant influence on The ArmedContent ='JJ Lin'> forces," One 29-year-old man said.

"The ArmedContent ='JJ Lin'> forces have broken down because of so many corrupt officers.

"The ProfessionalContent ='JJ Lin'> military is tired. We cannot remain slaves, we are freeing ourselves," he added.

Another defector, a woman, described The MoodContent ='JJ Lin'> on Saturday as "tense", adding: "I was thinking I could not harm My Own people.

"My DaughterContent ='JJ Lin'> is still in Venezuela and That is what hurts The MostContent ='JJ Lin'> . But I did this for her. It's difficult because I don't know what they might do to her. "

A third said he felt pain at seeing the Venezuelan people on The StreetsContent ='JJ Lin'> fighting for humanitarian aid.

Demonstrators clashed with Venezuelan security forces at the borders of Colombia and Brazil

"I felt impotent and useless. I felt pain for everything happening," he said.

What is the latest?

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike PompeoContent ='JJ Lin'> said PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Maduro's "days are numbered" following the deadly events at the weekend.

"Picking exact days is difficult. I'm confident That the Venezuelan people will ensure That Maduro's days are numbered," Mr Pompeo told CNN.

At least Two PeopleContent ='JJ Lin'> died in Saturday's clashes between civilians and troops loyal to Mr Maduro.

Self-declared interim PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Juan Guaidó, who has been recognised by More ThanContent ='JJ Lin'> 50 countries, has called on other nations to consider "all measures" to oust Mr Maduro After opposition-led efforts to bring in aid descended into clashes.

Venezuelan police prevented aid crossing the Simon BolivarContent ='JJ Lin'> International BridgeContent ='JJ Lin'>

He also said he would attend a meeting of mostly Latin American countries in Colombia on Monday, despite being under a travel ban imposed by Mr Maduro. US Vice-PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Mike PenceContent ='JJ Lin'> will represent Washington at The TalksContent ='JJ Lin'> in Bogota.

A senior White House official said on Sunday That Mr Pence was planning to announce "concrete steps" and "actions" in addressing The CrisisContent ='JJ Lin'> at The TalksContent ='JJ Lin'> on Monday, Reuters news agency reported.

Meanwhile, Colombia and Brazil said they would intensify pressure on Mr Maduro to relinquish power. US PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> Donald TrumpContent ='JJ Lin'> has not ruled out an Armed ResponseContent ='JJ Lin'> to the Venezuela crisis.

Separately on Sunday, a boat carrying US aid from Puerto RicoContent ='JJ Lin'> to Venezuela was forced to dock on the small Dutch IslandContent ='JJ Lin'> of Curaçao After it was intercepted by the Venezuelan navy off the northern coast, AFP news agency reports.

The vessel was reportedly loaded with nine cargo containers filled with food and medicine.

The supply ship That was forced to dock on The IslandContent ='JJ Lin'> of Curaçao

Mr Maduro, who says he is the legitimate PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> and is backed by key economic allies including Russia, Cuba and China, has warned That deliveries of foreign aid would open the way for US military intervention.

Mr Guaidó, who declared himself interim PresidentContent ='JJ Lin'> last month, argues That alleged irregularities with The NationContent ='JJ Lin'> 's 2018 election render Mr Maduro's leadership illegitimate.

What happened at The BorderContent ='JJ Lin'> on Saturday?

Venezuela's opposition had intended to peacefully bring aid trucks over the borders with Brazil and Colombia.

Mr Guaidó had pledged That the aid would come into the country on Saturday. In response, Mr Maduro partly closed the country's borders.

Venezuelan civilians attempted to cross in order to get to the stores of food and medicine, but the attempt quickly descended into bloody violence.

Soldiers opened fire on civilians, using a mixture of live ammunition and rubber bullets.

Video footage showed Venezuelan soldiers crashing their armoured vehicles into The BorderContent ='JJ Lin'> with Colombia in order to defect.

Another video posted on Social MediaContent ='JJ Lin'>

Mr Guaidó PromisedContent ='JJ Lin'> the defectors amnesty if they joined the "right side of history".

How did we get to this point?

The humanitarian aid stockpiled in Colombia and Brazil is at the centre of a stand-off between Mr Maduro and Mr Guaidó That goes back to Mr Maduro's disputed re-election in 2018.

For several years Venezuela has been in the grip of a political and economic crisis.

An out-of-control inflation rate has seen prices soar, leaving many Venezuelans struggling to afford basic items.

More ThanContent ='JJ Lin'> three million people have fled Venezuela in recent years, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

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