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Venezuelan FM says Guaido is holed up in French Embassy in Caracas, calls on Paris to ‘hand over the fugitive’

Venezuelan FM says Guaido is holed up in French Embassy in Caracas, calls on Paris to ‘hand over the fugitive’

Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido has taken refuge on the French Embassy within the nation’s capital, Overseas Minister Jorge Arreaza mentioned. Guaido beforehand sought to shoot down the rumors, insisting he’s “with the folks.”

“We can’t enter the premises of any nation’s embassy in any respect, on this case Spain or France,” Arreaza mentioned on Thursday, referring to each Guaido and fellow opposition chief Leopoldo Lopez, who fled to a Spanish diplomatic compound quickly after a failed try to spark an riot in April 2019. Arreaza mentioned because of this any arrest of the 2 males “isn’t potential.”

We hope that these governments rectify… and hand over the fugitives from justice to Venezuela. It’s a disgrace for the diplomacy of Spain, it’s a disgrace for the diplomacy of France, that can take its toll very, very quickly.

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Earlier this week, Maduro hinted {that a} “fugitive from justice” was “hidden in an embassy” in a thinly-veiled reference to Guaido, although he didn’t say his title or specify a selected nation’s embassy. Guaido appeared to dismiss the allegation, tweeting that “they misinform you,” whereas claiming to be “wherever, with the folks.”

Earlier on Thursday, Guaido appeared in a picture shared on social media by the opposition-controlled ‘Nationwide Meeting’, a parallel physique convened by Guaido in January after he misplaced his seat because the chair of the legislature. The picture exhibits a Venezuelan coat of arms hanging on the wall, although the US-backed opposition figurehead’s location, in addition to the date the photograph was taken, are unclear.

Declaring himself ‘interim president’ of Venezuela in 2019 with instant US backing, Guaido has lengthy sought to oust Maduro from energy, showing alongside Lopez final yr as the 2 tried to encourage mass defections from the navy and safety forces. The tried rebellion fizzled inside days, nevertheless, with troops largely remaining loyal to Maduro’s socialist authorities. 

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One other obvious coup try in March noticed 60 Venezuelan defectors, together with two American mercenaries, storm the nation’s coast, however they had been shortly stopped, with numerous the defectors killed and over a dozen arrests, the People amongst them. Although Guaido has denied any connection to the plot, paperwork have since leaked from different opposition members naming him because the mission’s “commander in chief.”

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