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They ask the US Embassy in Brasilia to arrest the Venezuelan president

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s visit to Brazil has worsened the fragile relationship between Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the opposition majority in Congress. Several parliamentarians protested and presented votes of repudiation against the Brazilian president for receiving the Venezuelan with pomp, honors as Head of State and even honored by the Armed Forces.

The opposition senators Eduardo Girão and Jorge Seif They presented a vote of repudiation against Lula da Silva, responsible for the invitation, on Monday in the Plenary. The Bolsonaro deputy, Zé Trovão, in turn, sent a document to the United States embassy to request the arrest of Maduro.

Maduro, who had not visited the country since 2015, arrived in Brasilia on Sunday to participate in the South American Leaders Summit, inaugurated this Tuesday in the Brazilian capital, and in which 11 other leaders from the region participate. The arrival of the Venezuelan occurs at a terrible time for Lula in Congress, in the midst of a week of key votes for his government and after some defeats that have worn down his environment minister, Marina Silva.

In his speech to the presidents, Lula tried on Tuesday to downplay the criticism of parliamentarians. The Brazilian highlighted his willingness to resume regional integration instruments, such as the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and cited the polarization of the continent in recent years: “We let ideologies divide us. We all lost,” he stressed.

Media analysts such as ‘O Globo’ commented on Lula’s lack of “political pragmatism”, who preferred the wear and tear and risks of the visit, when supporting the Venezuelan. The opposition parliamentarians took advantage of the space to attack the image of the ex-unionist.

«He could not even enter Argentina. Nicolás Maduro, in several countries he is prohibited from entering, but in Brazil they put the red carpet for him,” complained Senator Eduardo Girão. “He even has an extradition request there (United States), in fact, he is being sought by the United States of America, with a reward of 15 million dollars, according to the Americans, for drug trafficking,” the congressman completed.

«He could not even enter Argentina. Nicolás Maduro, in several countries he is prohibited from entering, but in Brazil they put the red carpet for him »

«Our Armed Forces are saluting a dictator, a murderer, like Nicolás Maduro. This embarrasses me as a senator. It embarrasses me as a parliamentarian, as a Brazilian citizen,” criticized Senator Jorge Seif.

The senator Zequinha Marinho (PL-PA) reinforced in his speech that, at the request of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN), the team of the Independent International Investigation Mission to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela verified, in September 2020 , the occurrence of very serious violations of the fundamental rights of the Venezuelan population.

“By flirting with the authoritarianism of one of the cruelest dictators in history, Brazil sends negative signals to the international community,” said Senator Zequinha Marinho.

«By flirting with the authoritarianism of one of the cruelest dictators in history, Brazil sends negative signals to the international community»

Jair Bolsonaro’s former Minister of Human Rights, Senator Damares Alves, He called on women to dress in mourning, in protest of the torture attributed to the Maduro regime. “I would never have imagined two years ago, when I was at the UN leading a movement against this dictator, that today I would be in my country, with the military saluting a dictator,” Damares said.

“For Lula, reestablishing relations with Chavista Venezuela, broken by his predecessor (Bolsonaro), was a priority,” explained an editorial in ‘O Globo’, which criticized that diplomatic alignment. “When receiving Maduro in Brasilia, Lula avoided mentioning the human rights violations denounced by the UN and embraced the Venezuelan’s discourse that the crisis in his country is the consequence of an attack led by the United States, stating that economic sanctions are ” worse than a war. He also described the accusations that Venezuela does not live under a democratic regime as “narratives”, questioned the Brazilian media.

Normally

Despite the criticism and pressure, Maduro moved normally during the summit, since there are no international arrest warrants against him. In 2022, due to the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, the United States Government suspended some economic sanctions and allowed the operations of four oil companies to do business with Venezuela. Maduro seeks support from Lula and other presidents to call for an end to the sanctions.

Before the summit, Lula and Maduro discussed the resumption of bilateral relations starting in January, when Lula assumed his third term, the reopening of the respective embassies and the recent appointment of the Venezuelan ambassador to Brazil, Manuel Vicente Vadell Aquino. In March 2020, the government of Jair Bolsonaro did not recognize Maduro’s mandate and Brazil withdrew its diplomats who worked at the Brazilian embassy in Caracas.

The presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela participated in the Summit.

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