Venezuelan intelligence raided the offices of Guaido

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Source: Caracas – France Press

On Tuesday, members of the Venezuelan National Intelligence Service raided the offices of opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is in Europe, according to an opposition deputy.

“We have just confirmed that members of the Seiben agency are located in the office of President Guaido,” deputy Delsa Solorzano told reporters.

She told this to reporters after speaking to security guards at the Zurich Tower building in Caracas.

It recognizes the leader of the Venezuelan House of Representatives, Juan Guaido, about 30 countries, including the United States, as interim president of Venezuela. And he has been trying for nearly a year to topple President Nicolas Maduro, whose presidency has been hit by economic collapse, and earlier this year he tried to prevent Guaido’s re-election as speaker of the House.

Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas Maduro

The opposition said that one of its deputies, Ismael Lyon, was also arrested on Tuesday while he was heading to the National Assembly.

For his part, Guaido, who is visiting London, wrote on Twitter: “A cowardly dictatorship! While I am abroad to rally support to overcome the tragedy that we Venezuelans are experiencing, they shamelessly show what they are.”

The tower, which houses the offices, was surrounded by masked men and gunmen of the Seben apparel, who wore lions.
The offices were empty when the search began, according to the opposition, which added that many MPs were unable to reach.

“Whatever the procedures, they conduct them without permission … without witnesses, they have no search warrant,” Solorzano said in front of the building.

Guaido, 36, defied a travel ban and went to London for talks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a European tour that includes participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The two went to Bogota, Colombia, and met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who promised him more US support in his efforts to topple Maduro.

Despite international support, those efforts have faltered, while Maduro still has the support of the armed forces and its allies, China, Russia and Cuba.



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