Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers

Venezuela Opposition Leader Delayed by Govt Backers

As tensions in Venezuela run high amid a deepening economic crisis and opposition demands Maduro's term be cut short Margarita, has emerged as a hotbed of political activity

In this Sept 1, 2016 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles takes part in the "taking of Caracas" march in Caracas, Venezuela, photo: AP/Ariana Cubillos
By The News Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
1 year ago

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says he was harassed in a Margarita Island airport for four hours by armed and hooded government supporters.

The tense standoff ended after midnight Wednesday when the supporters withdrew from an area close to baggage claim where they awaited Capriles and a delegation of opposition politicians traveling with him.

The chaotic scene rippled through social media as Capriles, who narrowly lost the 2013 presidential elections to socialist Nicolás Maduro, broadcast live videos and tweeted from inside the military-controlled airport.

In one grainy video, a small group of people can be seen banging on a glass wall and holding a sign reading “Capriles: Get out of Margarita.” But while Capriles said they were armed, no weapons could be seen in the video.

“You coward Nicolás Maduro. You sent armed groups for me to Margarita airport,” Capriles said in on message posted late at night.

“Is this how you’re going to receive those at the Summit?,” he wrote, referring to the foreign government delegations attending next week’s scheduled gathering of the Non-Aligned Movement on the Caribbean island.

Government supporters immediately dismissed Capriles’ claims.

“If he continues like this he’s going to end up saying he hears voices,” said Diosdado Cabello, a former president of the National Assembly and the No. 2 leader of the ruling socialist party after Maduro.

As tensions in Venezuela run high amid a deepening economic crisis and opposition demands Maduro’s term be cut short Margarita, once a tourist mecca, has emerged as a hotbed of political activity.

In addition to planned demonstrations at next week’s summit, to which more than a hundred governments have been invited, the island was the site last week of a spontaneous protest against Maduro by residents of a poor neighborhood who confronted him banging pots and pans loudly in his face. A prominent journalist remains detained on charges of financial crimes after he broadcast a video of the incident on a website that covers news about the island.

Capriles, however, said he hadn’t traveled to Margarita to further stir political emotions but rather pay homage to the Virgin of the Valley as he does every year on the day honoring her.

He accused the government of ordering the harassment and said he’d alert foreign governments whose delegations will arrive at the airport for next week’s summit.

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Latest News

Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever g ...

3 days ago

UAEM consolidates academic and scientifi ...

4 days ago
Latest News

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Kor ...

4 days ago
Latest News

Tillerson warns military action on NK un ...

4 days ago
Most Popular

Calzada Rovirosa: Mexico and Canada are ...

By The News

Obama: 'Absolutist' View Won't Solve Enc ...

By The News

Rouhani Says Can Provide Pakistan Gas Th ...

By The News

Orders For Lower-priced Tesla Reach 276, ...

By The News

Guajardo: A U.S. Anti-Trade Shift Would ...

By The News