Nicolás Maduro announces expulsion of EU ambassadorChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 30, 2020
The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, gave the European Union (EU) ambassador, Isabel Brilhante, 72 hours to leave the country, in what he described as interventionist actions of the community entity.
President Nicolás Maduro
The President made known this decision at the presentation of the Simón Bolívar National Prize of Journalism in the Miraflores Palace (seat of government).
'We in Venezuela speak clearly, enough of European colonialism against our country,' emphasized the head of state after assuring that the EU failed in its attempt to maintain a permanent interference in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian nation.
Maduro explained that EU officials met on Monday to analyze the situation in the South American country and sanctioned several Venezuelans from some institutions.
'We are going to put our things in order with the EU. If they do not respect Venezuela, they will leave our country as a nation and as an institution',emphasized President Maduro.
Previously, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza rejected the EU's interventionist policy against dialogue and peace in the South American country and assured that its colonial heritage and reminiscences lead it to the abyss of illegality, aggression and persecution of our peoples.
Through a statement, the EU imposed sanctions on 11 Venezuelans on Monday for actions against the opposition to the government of President Maduro.
According to the text, these new restrictive measures respond to the fact that people responsible for acting against the democratic functioning of the National Assembly (parliament), including stripping the parliamentary immunity of several of its members, including Juan Guaidó, recognized by the United States as interim president.
Among those sanctioned are the President of the Assembly, Luis Parra, as well as the first vice president of the Legislative Branch, Franklyn Duarte, and the second vice president of the public body, José Gregorio Noriega.
Likewise, the Comptroller General of the Republic, Elvis Amoroso, as well as the first vice president of the National Constituent Assembly, Tania Díaz, among others, were sanctioned by the European Union.
The European Union text refers that the measures include the initiation of trials for political reasons and officials are prohibited from traveling, as well as the freezing of assets. ■