A group of supporters of Juan Guaidó, head of the Venezuelan National Assembly and self-proclaimed president of that country, today joined the Venezuelan embassy in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.
In a statement, attorney María Teresa Belandria Exposito, nominated by Juan Guaidó as ambassador and recognized by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, said a group of Venezuelan embassy officials contacted her this morning and handed over the embassy.
“A group of Venezuelan embassy staff in Brazil has contacted us to inform us that they recognize President Juan Guaidó. They began to open their doors and voluntarily hand over the diplomatic headquarters to the legitimately accredited representation in Brazil, ”the statement said.
However, the Brazilian media reports that the group's entry into the embassy took place at dawn and that military police were called in by officials who alleged that Guaidó's supporters forced them into the embassy.
Venezuelan businessman in charge of Brazil, Freddy Meregote, also released a video denying that embassy officials allowed the group to join.
Brazilian deputy (lower house member) Paulo Pimenta of the Workers Party (PT) reported on Twitter that he had been there and that Venezuelan embassy officials had been harassed by supporters of the Venezuelan assembly leader and the Brazilian Government. .
“Me and Rep. Glauber Braga have registered the denunciation of Venezuelan diplomats at the Venezuelan embassy in Brasilia, which was invaded by militiamen hired in a coordinated action with the Brazilian Government,” he wrote in a Twitter message accompanying a video of Freddy Meregote reporting the alleged invasion.
Venezuela has not officially had an ambassador in Brazil since 2016, when the Brazilian head of state recognized Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela and received the credential letter from María Teresa Belandria Exposito, named Guaidó's ambassador in Brazil.
The Venezuelan embassy building in Brazil, however, continued to be managed by people appointed by the Government of Nicolás Maduro.
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