In the escalating power struggle in Venezuela, the closest associates of the self-appointed interim President, Juan Guaidó come to the attention of the government-loyal security forces.

agents of the secret service, the Sebin arrested on Thursday Guaidós office Manager Roberto Marrero. The 49-Year-old had headed a terrorist cell, which wanted to destabilize by the attacks on politicians, military leaders and high judges for the South American country, said interior Minister Néstor Reverol.

According to the Opposition service officials stormed a Secret in the early hours of the morning, the house of Marrero. During the search they had disposed of two guns and a grenade to fabricate false evidence, said the group’s chief of Guaidós opposition party Voluntad Popular, and Marr Eros neighbor, Sergio Vergara.

During the search of war weapons and cash were denominated in foreign currencies ensured, said interior Minister Reverol. The terrorist cell is said to have hired mercenaries from Colombia and Central America, to overthrow, through targeted assassinations, the country into Chaos. The Prosecutor General’s office also determined because of assassination plans against President Nicolas Maduro.

According to Marr Eros lawyer Joel García, his client was brought in the secret service prison in Helicoide in Caracas. In the infamous detention centre, the German Journalist Billy Six was until recently.

For weeks, the head of state, Maduro and opposition leader Guaidó deliver a fierce battle. Although many mainly Western countries have Guaidó already as the rightful interim President acknowledged, however, he was able to build in Venezuela even not a real position of power. Above all, the leadership of the powerful military holds yet to Maduro.

“Whether or not the risk is that you stalking me? Of course, but it is not obvious that you have the guts,” said Guaidó on Thursday. “Why are you not looking for me? Due to massive international support.”

Marr, Eros’s wife was assumed that the arrest of her husband, was directed against the leader of the opposition Guaidó. “This is an attack on the crew of Guaido. Roberto is a leader, a strategist, someone from the close environment of Guaidó,” said Romy Marrero of the newspaper “El Nacional”. “Because you can’t touch Guaidó, they took Roberto, who has no immunity.”

the United States Also criticized the secret service for use against Guaidós office Manager. “The United States condemn the crackdown by Maduro’s security forces and the arrest of Roberto Marrero, office Manager of interim President Guaidó,” wrote US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Twitter. “We demand his immediate release. We will make those Involved responsible.”

U.S. security adviser John Bolton threatened to Maduro’s socialist government with the consequences. “Maduro has made a further big mistake,” he wrote on Twitter. “The illegal arrest of Roberto Marrero will not remain without the answer.”

the so-called Lima-group from a number of Latin American countries, and Canada protested against the arrest of the Director’s Office. “We are calling for an end to the attacks on the Venezuelan Democrats and the arbitrary arrests and the torture in Venezuela,” it said in a joint statement.

Guaidó had recently announced plans to mobilize his supporters across the country and to lead on a March in the capital Caracas. “The Regime is on the retreat,” he said on Thursday. “We have to do it with a very weak Regime, no longer ruled, the has no authority.”

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