The group of supporters of the self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó left the embassy headquarters in Brasilia this Wednesday afternoon. The embassy was taken over by Guaidó supporters for more than 10 hours
The diplomatic incident overshadowed the beginning of the BRICS summit, a two-day meeting hosted by Jair Bolsonaro that will bring together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Although the Brazilian government recognizes Guaidó as Venezuelan president, the diplomatic headquarters in Brasilia is run by officials appointed by President Nicolás Maduro.
The Military Police was called and the incident gained even greater publicity due to contradictory information. Initially, Brazil's Foreign Ministry said it was unclear whether it was an invasion or merely a desertion by some of the diplomats representing Maduro's government, as the pro-Guaidó group alleged that embassy staff had "voluntarily opened their doors."
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