The Venezuelan President today accused the Spanish ambassador in the country, Jesus Silva Fernández, of complicity with an opponent politician in a conspiracy to carry out a coup d'état that would include his murder.
“Venezuela reserves diplomatic actions on the Spanish ambassador for his participation in the (frustrated) armed invasion of Macuto (on May 3) and for his complicity in Mr. Leopoldo López's criminal acts. Wait for news in the next few hours, ”said Nicolás Maduro.
Nicolás Maduro was speaking at the presidential palace in Miraflores, during an act that marked the Day of the Journalist (June 27) in which several media professionals were distinguished with the Simón Bolívar prize.
According to the President of Venezuela, the North American newspaper The Wall Street Journal recently published an article in which it was stated that “at the Spanish Embassy in Caracas the assassination of Nicolás Maduro and the armed invasion of mercenary groups prepared in Colombia were planned”.
“The current Spanish ambassador to Venezuela was the accomplice of the criminal and terrorist Leopoldo López (…) to assassinate me, to assassinate the country's high political-military command and for an armed invasion to impose a government by force, a coup of State and a puppet government of the USA ”, he accused.
In early May, the Venezuelan Government declared that it prevented an “invasion” – in two locations in northern Venezuela, Macuto and Chuao – aimed at carrying out a coup d'état against Maduro and announced the arrest of at least 52 people, including two former – American soldiers.
Caracas accused opposition leader Juan Guaidó of organizing the operation with a third ex-US soldier, Jordan Goudreau, and a Venezuelan resident in Miami, Juan José Rendon.
Donald Trump assured that the United States was not behind the aborted operation.
More recently, the Venezuelan government accused Leopoldo López of being involved in the frustrated maritime invasion.
Leopoldo López is a Venezuelan economist and politician who founded the Popular Will party (center-left), which Juan Guaidó joined until last January.
In September 2015, he was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for the death of three citizens who participated in a demonstration on February 12, 2014 in Caracas, which ended in violence.
On June 8, 2017, after a hunger strike in Ramo Verde prison, a court authorized him to be under house arrest, under the custody of agents of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service of Venezuela (Sebin, secret services).
On the morning of April 30, 2019, he appeared with Juan Guaidó and several military personnel on a highway in Caracas, appealing to Venezuelans not to recognize the government of Nicolás Maduro and to demand his departure from power.
That same day he took refuge in the Spanish embassy in Venezuela.
FPG // JMC
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