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Venezuela to defend embassies despite opposition threats

Militarized police patrol the surroundings of the Venezuelan embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, on November 13, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Jesus Silva
Press TV, Caracas

This week, the Venezuelan government stated that its embassy in Brazil had been in danger as Venezuelan opposition members in Brazil violently tried to take control of the diplomatic building, claiming they follow orders by the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido.

Despite Guaido's claim that he has appointed a representative that he calls the Venezuelan ambassador to Brazil, the Brazilian government has not yet regarded him as such, and a diplomatic controversy still remains around Venezuela's top diplomat in the largest South American nation. In this context, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza demanded that the right-wing Brazilian government clarify its political stance and not allow violent acts against Venezuelan diplomats.

Arreaza said Venezuela will firmly defend its embassies in every corner of the world despite similar threats in other countries like Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile, whose governments oppose President Nicolas Maduro's administration.

He also accused Washington of pursuing a hostile approach towards his country. Meanwhile, opposition members have a different approach. But on the streets, citizens believe their savings are being illegally taken away by Washington. Many believe that Venezuelan diplomats are not safe in any country linked to the US policies.

Experts say the United States orders hostility towards Venezuelan embassies across the world and many foreign governments follow suit. However, Caracas will always fight back, using international law.

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