Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Venezuelan opposition leader attacked during national tour

CARACAS, Venezuela ( Associated Press) — The leader of the US-backed opposition in Venezuela was physically assaulted on Saturday during a visit to a rural community, according to members of his parallel government, who attacked a group of ruling party allies. was accused of doing. ,

A photo accompanying an opposition statement shows Juan Guaidó being held back as people gather around him and someone tears his shirt. Parallel Government said that the group, which was affiliated with the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, known as PSUV, “hit and beheaded” Guaidó, who is on a tour of the South American country and organized his party in a planned manner. Seeking to organize and organize. primary election.

In an Instagram video on Saturday night, Guaidó portrayed the attack as an “ambush” at a plant nursery in San Carlos, a community about 168 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of the capital Caracas. But he said it would not stop him from remaining “on the road”.

“Those who attacked today, these members or the leaders of the ruling party should accept responsibility for the incident,” he said.

PSUV leaders, who traditionally issue statements on social media or state television, did not immediately respond.

Last week, Guaidó’s supporters were met with flying plastic chairs and fists from allies of President Nicolas Maduro in the western city of Maracaibo.

The US and other countries recognize Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela. He withdrew his recognition after accusing Maduro of rigging his 2018 re-election as president.

At the time, Guaidó drew huge crowds of supporters on the streets, but most of the momentum evaporated. Their popularity has dropped from about 60% three years ago to less than 15% in February.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nichols on Saturday condemned what he described as an “unprovoked attack” on Guaidó.

“This terrible attack put lives at risk; Those responsible for the attack should be brought to justice.”

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