Venezuela arrests Guaido's aide for alleged role in coup


A Venezuelan lawmaker who backed a failed opposition uprising against the government said Thursday that he had taken refuge in the Argentine ambassador's residence.

Zambrano was arrested in his private vehicle by intelligence agents with full legal formalities, and Zambrano's rights will be "fully respected", Cabello said in a televised speech on Wednesday night.

Opposition activist Leopoldo Lopez entered the home of the Spanish ambassador after he joined Guaido in the failed attempt to topple Maduro.

Guaido called for a national demonstration on Saturday to reject measures taken by the Supreme Court against opposition lawmakers.

In January Guaido declared himself acting president after the National Assembly branded Maduro as illegitimate over his re-election previous year in polls widely criticized as fraudulent.

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He has since been recognized by more than 50 countries as he steps up the pressure to oust Maduro, whom he considers illegitimate after 2018 elections widely seen as fraudulent. At the same time, a U.S. court has also stepped in to lend a hand, granting the company a 120-day stay on its legal fight with a hedge fund over an unpaid debt of over $180 million after it defaulted on four loans. "This is a process that will end with Venezuela's liberty".

Despite intense worldwide pressure, Maduro has secured the support of the bulk of Venezuela's military and managed to maintain his grip on power.

And all this happened as the opposition lawmaker inside the vehicle live-tweeted a commentary on his arrest Wednesday evening.

"Democrats, keep up the fight!"

On Wednesday Guaido accused the regime of having "kidnapped" Zambrano.

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Shortly before his arrest, Zambrano said on Twitter that agents of the SEBIN intelligence agency had encircled his vehicle outside the headquarters of the Democratic Action party.

"They are trying to destroy the power representing all Venezuelans, but they will not achieve it", Guaido said.

The European Union has slammed the detention of leading Venezuelan opposition politician Edgar Zambrano as a "flagrant violation" of the constitution and called for his immediate release, reported dpa news.

Guaido's latest attempt to undermine armed forces support for the embattled Maduro fizzled out after two days of clashes between protesters and the security services that left several people dead.

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Moreno and the seven principal members of the court's constitutional chamber in 2017 for rulings that "usurped the authority" of the National Assembly.

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Maleah was last seen wearing a pink bow in her hair, a light blue zip-up jacket, blue jeans and gray, white and pink sneakers. He was in and out of consciousness until he and his son were eventually dropped off in Sugar Land on Saturday, police said.

Venezuela has suffered more than four years of recession marked by shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.