After several days ' absence in the media, Juan Guaido, the leader of the opposition in venezuela, has appeared in videos released Saturday by relatives. On these images made public by his team and by the parliamentary allies, he wears gloves and a protective mask because of the pandemic of sars coronavirus. He is walking near a queue of vehicles in front of a service station, while greeting and talking with drivers.
The government had claimed this week that he had taken refuge in the embassy of France. An information denied by Paris. "Those who hide themselves, [ ... ], $ 15 million reward for them. I am showing my face, " says Juan Guaido on one of these videos, which it is not clear where or when they were shot. The american justice has promised at the end of march of $ 15 million reward for the capture of socialist president Nicolas Maduro, accused of " narcoterrorism ".
Venezuela's @jguaido talks to motorists in gas lines. It's his first appearance in the streets in a month, and comes after days of speculation he was hiding in the French ambassador's residence, which has been surrounded by security forces pic.twitter.com/4vJfyQj1IV— Joshua Goodman (@APjoshgoodman) June 6, 2020
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A deep economic crisis
The speaker of Parliament is sued in his country in a number of cases since it was proclaimed acting president of Venezuela in January 2019. But to this day, no order of arrest has not been made public. The attorney-general Tarek William Saab, accusing him of plotting an invasion attempt in early may with the complicity of the United States, and encourage actions to destabilize the regime.
As France and Spain, some fifty countries have recognized Juan Guaido as acting president, instead of Nicolas Maduro, elected head of State, according to them, in the middle of serious irregularities. Venezuela has been hit by a deep economic crisis, with many shortages, especially of fuel, a huge inflation and a collapse of public services. It nevertheless has the largest proven oil reserves in the world.