Armed civilians have supposedly attacked a convoy of cars carrying Venezuelan opposition politicians to congress, backing recent efforts under President Nicolas Maduro to disallow opposition leader Juan Guaido from commanding parliament.
A crowd of guys struck the cars and trucks on Wednesday with traffic cones and crowbars, breaking one cars and truck’s back window, according to a video taped by an opposition member from inside the automobile. The convoy then scampered, tailed by several individuals on motorbikes.
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Guaido’s spokesperson stated 4 opposition politicians were in the vehicles, including Carlos Berrizbeitia, Guaido’s second congressional vice president. Nobody was hurt.
#15 Ene|Imágenes de cómo quedaron los vehículos tras el atentado de los paramilitares del régimen contra los diputados. #SecuestroMilitarYParamilitarDeLaAN pic.twitter.com/mOGqEjYcPg
— Asamblea Nacional (@AsambleaVE) January 15, 2020
Translation: Images of how the automobiles were left after the attack by the regime’s paramilitary versus legislators, the National Assembly, an account handled by the opposition tweeted.
On January 5, soldiers blocked Guaido from going into congress and the Socialist Party declared allied legislator Luis Parra as head of parliament, allowing Maduro to take control of the one Venezuelan institution outside his grip.
Opposition lawmakers in a separate plenary that day re-elected Guaido to a second term as head of the National Assembly and he later returned to the legal palace to hold session. Guaido has branded Parra, who defected from the opposition after becoming involved in a corruption scandal in December, “a traitor”.
Guaido will instead hold Wednesday’s arranged parliamentary session in the Caracas residential area of El Hatillo, the National Assembly said on Twitter.
” We are not going to run the risk of the lives of our legislators,” Carlos Prosperi, one of the deputies in the vehicles, informed press reporters after the attack.
While Guaido stated the government might not avoid them from holding their session independently.
” They will not stop us from exercising our required,” the leader stated, “The parliament is formed by its legislators, we will hold the session anyway!”
A different legislature
Diosdado Cabello, head of the Constituent Assembly, a separate legislature controlled by the government, gloated over the attack throughout a session, calling the opposition “insane” and “completed”.
” I feel happy due to the fact that this is a group safeguarding these spaces belonging to the Bolivarian Transformation,” Cabello stated, referring to the socialist motion first started by Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez. As he spoke, other pro-government legislators chanted “The homeland needs to be defended.”
The United States Treasury on Monday enforced sanctions on Parra and six of his allies and stated they “attempted to obstruct the democratic procedure in Venezuela.” Parra condemned the sanctions as a foreign country meddling in the assembly’s affairs.
Last January, Washington recognised Guaido as Venezuela’s genuine president and started ratcheting up sanctions and diplomatic pressure in an effort to get rid of Maduro. Guaido calls Maduro a usurper for securing re-election in a 2018 vote widely thought about fraudulent.
A year later on, however, Maduro remains in power, backed by the military in addition to Russia, China and Cuba.