Venezuelan opposition leader seeks refuge at Chilean embassy

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SANTIAGO: A top Venezuelan opposition lawmaker on Saturday requested Chile’s protection after Venezuela’s high court announced he would be prosecuted on charges punishable by a decade in prison. Freddy Guevara, the opposition-stacked National Assembly’s number two official, sought refuge at Chile’s embassy in Caracas after the pro-government dominated Supreme Court’s announcement Friday. Chile’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Guevara, 31, was received at the residence of its ambassador “as a guest,” and that he “had requested the protection of Chile” based on “what he considers to be imminent threats to his security and personal integrity.” The prominent opposition leader became the sixth Venezuelan to seek protection at the embassy in under three months, including four judges who are already protected in Chile and a fifth who has remained at the diplomatic residence since April.

AFP

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