After Juan Guaido’s opposition party was locked out of the National Assembly building this month, forcing them to meet inside of a theater, tensions continued to rise in Venezuela. Armed groups of civilian militia members known as “colectivos” (essentially a brute squad) have been harassing their members in the streets along with Maduro’s National Guard.
In an effort to rally support for his interim presidency, Guaido headed out of the country to meet with other foreign leaders this week. But no sooner had he left than Maduro’s forces showed up at his legislative offices and raided the place, hauling away plenty of “evidence.” This is probably the boldest and most brazen move that Maduro has made against the man who seeks to replace him to date. (Associated Press)
Intelligence police raided the office of Juan Guaidó on Tuesday, while the U.S.-backed opposition leader was traveling in Europe seeking to bolster support for his campaign to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
Masked officers from feared SEBIN intelligence police unit blocked the building’s entrances and lined the street with their vehicles, barring entry by lawmakers aligned with Guaidó.
Legislator Manuela Bolívar confirmed the raid on his office, saying she was allowed to go to the door of the third-floor space, where officers were still inside working inside.
Lawmakers called it an illegal search.