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8 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Caracas expels German envoy for backing Guaido

AFP, Caracas

Venezuela expelled Germany’s ambassador Wednesday, hitting out at international support for opposition leader Juan Guaido as the US stepped up sanctions in a bid to force out his rival President Nicolas Maduro. Separately, an American journalist was detained by Venezuelan security services for some 12 hours and later deported, in an incident condemned by advocacy groups as an attack on free speech.

The foreign ministry gave German envoy Daniel Kriener 48 hours to leave for “interference” in Venezuela’s internal affairs. He had greeted Guaido at Caracas airport on his return to the country on Monday. Guaido said Kriener’s expulsion will be seen “as a threat to the free world.”

Kriener was among more than a dozen foreign representatives to welcome the National Assembly leader—recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries—but so far the only one deemed “persona non grata.”

Kriener had helped to try to bring humanitarian aid to the country, Guaido said in a speech to opposition lawmakers, adding: “It seems that the Maduro regime does not forgive anyone who wants to help Venezuela.”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that kicking Kriener out only “aggravates the situation.”

Caracas “is sending a message to the international community that such frontal support would have consequences, but it also carries a risk,” said Venezuelan analyst Mariano de Alba. Meanwhile, journalist Cody Weddle, who worked in Venezuela for several years as a correspondent for a variety of US media, “has been released after being detained by Venezuelan authorities,” Miami’s WPLG Local 10 News, who he reported for, said on Twitter.

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