Several nations on Thursday condemned the arrest by Venezuelan government intelligence officers of a high-level politician associated with opposition leader Juan Guaido, calling the move by President Nicolas Maduro arbitrary and unconstitutional.
In a moment of high drama, opposition leader Juan Guaido stood outside the La Carlota military air base here at sunrise Tuesday with an entourage including defecting soldiers and proclaimed the “final phase” of “Operation Liberty.”
Venezuelan police arrested a top assistant of self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido on Thursday, an act that the leader of the opposition to sitting President Nicolas Maduro described as a “kidnapping.”
Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, announced Monday afternoon that a shipment of nutritional supplements for infants and pregnant women had arrived in the capital, Caracas, but did not disclose where it came from nor how it entered the country.
Walls facing the streets still bear faded slogans extolling former President Hugo Chavez, whose arched eyebrows peer from images stenciled outside rundown apartment blocks and barren shops, ghostly hints that someone is still watching.
Venezuelan authorities have set up barriers to block the entry of donated food and medicine from neighboring Colombia amid an escalating political dispute over humanitarian aid that other nations have rushed toward the embattled country’s borders.