Agents of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin) have arrested Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela (AN), when she is transferred to an open town hall programmed by the opposition on the coast of Vargas, one hour from Caracas. Less than an hour later he has been released.
“We alert the world and the country that today, January 13, a Sebin command intercepted the president of the NA and we do not know his whereabouts,” said the deputy’s team through Guaidó’s twitter account. Political sources confirmed to EL MUNDO that he was being held at the political police station in Plaza Venezuela.
In a video recorded a few meters from where the operation took place, it can be seen how Guaidó is forced into a vehicle.
The head of Parliament had taken extreme security measures after threats against him by Chavista leaders, including those launched by the radical Iris Valera, minister of prisons: “I’ve already accommodated your cell, with your respective uniform.
A few minutes before his arrest, Nicolás Maduro had defended himself through social networks against the accusation of leading a “dictatorial regime,” calling it an “absurdity. “What is underway is a revolutionary process, with a firm democratic vocation, that advances towards Bolivarian socialism, based on popular wisdom. The revolutionary leader accompanied his words with a photograph in which he appears declaring four media, the four Chavista media.
Fabiana Rosales, Guaidó’s wife: “On the Caracas La Guaira highway (the one that leads from the capital to the international airport) we were intercepted by two Sebin vans with long weapons. They opened the van. They didn’t beat him, but they told us that they should take him away immediately.
Guaidó, 35, was named president of Parliament because this year that position belonged to his party, Voluntad Popular, according to an opposition agreement. Congressman Freddy Guevara, the party’s national coordinator, should have been appointed, but Guevara is taking refuge in the Chilean embassy in Caracas, also persecuted by Maduro’s government.
During an opposition protest on Friday, Guaidó said he assumed the powers of the presidency of the Republic, as his party later confirmed in a press release, although he clarified that in order to achieve it he needed the support of the Armed Forces and the international community.