Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, has denounced on Twitter that the police have entered her house and surrounded her husband. “At this time, Faes officials are in the basement of my house, hooded men with long weapons surrounding the truck where President Juan Guaidó is,” he said. Guaidó proclaimed himself president in January 2019 with the support of the United States.
Guaidó office has said that the police “kept under siege and taken residence of President Guaidó”.
Minutes earlier, Rosales had reported on social media that former opposition MP Freddy Guevara, who was accused of instigating the 2017 anti-government protests and later pardoned in August last year, had been arrested.
“(The) regime (Nicolás) Maduro right now is being detained deputy Freddy Guevara” Rosales wrote on his Twitter account, a message replicated by Guaidó.
Almost in parallel, and in a live broadcast on Instagram, Freddy Guevara showed 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,” Guevara said in the video.
The former deputy was pardoned by presidential decree on August 31 and left the Chilean embassy in Caracas on September 9, where he took refuge on November 4, 2017 after being accused of instigating the anti-government protests that were registered that same year.
Guevara, very close to Guaidó, was mentioned this Saturday by the executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, during the balance that he offered together with the Interior Minister, Carmen Meléndez, of the shootings that devastated part of western Caracas last week.
On Sunday, during his speech, Maduro referred to the clashes, in which three agents of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) and one of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, militarized police) died.
“In the next few hours, more elements and more evidence of the articulation of the ultra-right-wing coup will be known with this plan of unleashed violence, of unleashed terrorism to try to generate what they said ‘an armed popular insurrection from the neighborhoods of Caracas.’ “, promised the ruler. Maduro stressed that they sought to generate “a civil war among Venezuelans.”