Oppositions take control of diplomatic buildings of Venezuela
The US state department announced that Guaido supporters in Venezuela took control of diplomatic buildings of the country in the United States.
Hoy asumimos control de 3 sedes diplomáticas en #EEUU, siguiendo instruciones del Pdte. (E) @jguaido. 2 son sedes militares en #Washington y 1 el consulado en #NuevaYork. De manos de Cnel. José Silva recibimos e izamos el tricolor patrio y restablecimos cadena de mando #VamosBien pic.twitter.com/ir60VC81cu— CARLOS VECCHIO (@carlosvecchio) 18 March 2019
In another diplomatic coup for the opposition, Panama also accepted a Guaido loyalist as Venezuela's ambassador Monday.
A combination of two photos shows Carlos Vecchio (L), the envoy to the United States of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, and an aide take down a picture of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (top photo) and replace it with a picture of Guaido (bottom photo) in these frame grabs from video after supporters of Guaido took control of the office of Venezuela's military attache in Washington, U.S. March 18, 2019.
"The diplomatic offices of Venezuela in the United States can only be used by the official diplomatic agents representing the democratic and constitutional government of President Nicolás Maduro," said the government statement, which added, "If the government of the United States persists in the breach of its international obligations, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reserves the corresponding legal and reciprocal decisions and actions in Venezuelan territory." It did not provide details on what those actions might be.
Washington has thrown its support behind Guaido since he declared himself interim president on Jan. 23. The United States and about 50 other countries have recognised Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader and have supported his claim that Maduro was re-elected last year in an allegedly flawed vote.