First modification: 07/13/2021 – 00:45
The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, assured that officials of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) tried to arrest him this Monday. The complaint had been made shortly before by the opponent’s wife, Fabiana Rosales. However, Guaidó appeared at his home moments later. On the other hand, the Venezuelan authorities detained former deputy Freddy Guevara, close to Guaidó; and so far they have not ruled on either of the two cases.
“Officials of the FAES (the Special Actions Forces) are in my house, they entered my residences. (The) regime of (Nicolás) Maduro wants to arrest President Juan Guaidó.” These were the first statements that were known this July 12 about the alleged attempt to arrest the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, and were issued by his wife, Fabiana Rosales.
Sources from the work team of the adversary of President Nicolás Maduro also joined the complaint, when they assured that “regime officials” were at that time at Guaidó’s house. In addition, they manifested “before the international community a new repressive escalation of the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro “against the leader and several former deputies.
Later, the press found Juan Guaidó at the door of his home. The political leader stated that the security forces had “threatened” to arrest him in his apartment building, but that they did not arrest him thanks to the presence of neighbors and members of the media there.
The opponent posted videos on his Twitter account showing hooded and armed men who surrounded the car he was in and tried to open the doors of the vehicle.
Likewise, Guaidó indicated that the police officers who tried to arrest him did not have any type of identification, which is why he described the situation as an attempt to “kidnap” him.
“They entered our residence without any kind of order, without any type of identification, pointing with long weapons, they set off an explosive inside the basement of our building,” he said.
In addition, Guaidó assured that his driver was beaten out of the vehicle and “tied up.” “I don’t know where he is at the moment, I’m looking for information,” added the opponent, who blamed the government of Nicolás Maduro for what happened.
Detained Freddy Guevara, former deputy of the circle close to Guaidó
For now, on this same day, the arrest of former legislator and close ally of Guaidó, Freddy Guevara, has been confirmed.
According to an opposition spokesman, the security forces arrested him minutes before he showed up at the house of the opposition leader and transferred him to the Helicoide prison in Caracas.
Attention, the social media accounts of Deputy Freddy Guevara are being administered by authorized persons, we will use this channel to report on his situation, so far we do not know his whereabouts pic.twitter.com/HnvK82CcoK
– Freddy Guevara (@FreddyGuevaraC) July 12, 2021
Guevara showed in a live broadcast, through his social networks, hooded police officers on a highway in Caracas, surrounding his vehicle
“I decided to stay in my country despite all these problems and the possibility that they would arrest me again, knowing that we are in a dictatorial regime,” said the former deputy.
The former legislator had already been accused by the Venezuelan authorities of allegedly instigating the anti-government protests of 2017, for which he has since taken refuge in the Chilean embassy in Caracas. However, he was pardoned in August 2020 by presidential decree, along with 22 other deputies and a hundred opponents.
Despite the reported harassment, Guaidó added that “harassment and threats” will not stop them. The 37-year-old political leader urged the international community to support “the Venezuelan, Cuban and also Nicaraguan struggle.”
With EFE and local media