Maduro orders 72-hour closure of border with Brazil

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, on 13 December 2016, ordered a 72-hour closure of the Venezuela-Brazil border to combat smuggling of paper bills into Brazil. According to Brazil's Roraima state Venezuelan consulate representative José Martínez the border crossing from Pacaraima to Santa Elena de Uairén in southern Venezuela would close from 13 to 15 December (Globo). Maduro ordered a temporary shutdown of the border with Brazil after closing the border with Colombia for 72 hours starting on 12 December, citing activity from "cash mafias" that seek to destabilize the Venezuelan economy (Infobae).