We energically denounce the invasion of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela this Wednesday, 13th of November, in Brasília, by a group of provocative and violent supporters of the putschist, self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó. This is a criminal act and a very grave violation of international law, which guides the diplomatic relations between sovereign States.
Even more serious is that the extreme-right Government in Brazil, presided by Jair Bolsonaro, is conniving with the act. Previously, the Brazilian government had arbitrarily decided to welcome the representatives of the Venezuelan putschism in Brazil, giving the agrément to a false Ambassador to Brazil.
The group trying to take over the Embassy by force is acting violently with the aim of taking charge of the building of the Venezuelan diplomatic mission. Facing this grave attempt of invasion of the Embassy, representatives of various progressive forces, including political parties, members of Parliament and leaders of social movements are in the Embassy to try and mediate and protect the diplomatic mission and their staff, including those who reside there with their families.
Brazil’s Foreign Ministry under Bolsonaro insists that the legitimate diplomatic representatives of the constitutional Venezuelan government leave the Embassy, in favor of it being taken over by the representatives of the coup d’état promoters. We repudiate this which is yet another affront to Venezuela’s sovereignty, the attempt of expulsion of the diplomatic mission loyal to the legitimate Government of President Nicolás Maduro.
We demand that the Brazilian authorities abandon whatever role they have in this putschist complot and take steps to protect Venezuela’s Embassy and its staff from the invasion of the building by the groups trying to take it over by force, avoiding any escalation to a confrontation in the site.
To the putschist and their regional and international sponsors, above all, the US imperialism, we reaffirm: Hands off the sovereign Venezuela!
Long live the Venezuelan people’s resistance! Full solidarity with their struggle in defense of national sovereignty and democracy!
President of the World Peace Council