Supreme Court orders military prison for Guaido deputy
May 12 2019
The 64-year-old's auto was surrounded outside his Democratic Action Party's headquarters before it was towed, with him still in it, to the notorious Helicoide prison inside Sebin headquarters. On Wednesday, the court accused three others of the same crimes.
The opposition, led by Mr Guaido, said it doesn't back this decision.
Members of the Bolivarian National Guard who joined Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido fire into the air to repel forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro who arrived to disperse a demonstration near La Carlota military base in Caracas on 30 April 2019.
Blanco was one of the ten opposition lawmakers who was stripped of parliamentary immunity by the Supreme Court this week. A tweet on his verified account said "we were surprised by intelligence agents who towed away our vehicle when we refused to leave it in order to transfer us to the Helicoide (a Venezuelan prison)".
In January, Guaido invoked the OPEC nation's constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing President Nicolas Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate.
Zambrano - who is being held in a military prison - is one of 10 opposition lawmakers charged with treason by the Supreme Court for participating in the April 30 movement.
"We will continue to use the full weight of the USA government to hold accountable those who subvert democracy and the Venezuelan constitutional order, and threaten the safety of the duly-elected National Assembly of Venezuela", a senior White House official said on Thursday, on condition of anonymity.
The second one is linked to the role of big powers in the internal political struggle in the country, as the United States support the opposition and their call for fair and free elections, and Russian Federation backs the current regime in power. The U.S. State Department called Zambrano's detention "illegal and inexcusable", and said "if he is not freed immediately, there will be consequences".
"If we can talk about a coup d'etat in Venezuela, here it is; the dismantling of the national parliament", Guaido told a news conference, accusing Maduro's regime of "state terrorism".
The U.S. has thrown its support behind Guaido but Maduro remains in the country, vowing he is not going anywhere.
Most Latin American countries, as well as the European Union, have expressed opposition to potential military intervention in Venezuela.