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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Earlier than he escaped to Miami final week, earlier than he tried to crash a global convention to which he was not invited, Juan Guaidó traveled quietly throughout Venezuela by street. At one level, the embattled opposition politician says, he was transported behind an ambulance to keep away from public discover.

Guaidó, fleeing what he says had been threats of arrests by the Venezuelan authorities, crossed the border to Colombia and made his strategy to Bogotá. The worldwide summit right here, he hoped, would supply a window of alternative by which sympathetic officers of the U.S. and different overseas governments may preserve him protected and help his trigger — the top of the authoritarian socialist authorities of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

As a substitute, he mentioned in an interview with The Washington Put up, he was met with “threats of deportation” from the Colombian authorities and felt “stress” from a U.S. official to get on a airplane out of Colombia.

U.S. and Colombian officers inform a distinct story. And as Guaidó makes a tour by Washington to fulfill with Biden administration officers and lawmakers, some analysts are describing his journey as political theater by a once-influential determine capitalizing on his final remaining relevance: The help of politicians in the USA.

Guaidó, former Venezuelan opposition leader, lands in U.S. for ‘refuge’

“He’s making an attempt to current himself as a sufferer,” mentioned David Smilde, a Tulane College sociologist who research Venezuela. “It was basically dishonest, nevertheless it performed to his power, and his power is in D.C.”

Guaidó spoke on the Wilson Heart in Washington on Wednesday and deliberate to fulfill with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Wednesday and Thursday.

Three years in the past, Guaidó was acknowledged by the USA and greater than 50 different international locations as Venezuela’s rightful chief. Maduro had claimed victory in a fraudulent election, the argument went, and Guaidó, as president of Venezuela’s Nationwide Meeting, was the highest-ranking authorities official who had been democratically elected.

However mass protests, appeals to overseas governments and an abortive rebellion didn’t dislodge Maduro, and in December, fellow opposition leaders voted to dissolve Guaidó’s so-called interim authorities.

Authorities threats towards his security escalated, he instructed The Put up, and the 39-year-old father of two started exploring choices to go away Venezuela. Round early April, he mentioned, he obtained telephone calls from two high-ranking officers within the Maduro authorities who warned his arrest was imminent.

The Maduro authorities has lengthy prohibited Guaidó from leaving the nation, which means the best choice can be to slide throughout the border to Colombia over land. He determined to take action final week, a day earlier than Colombian President Gustavo Petro was on account of host a global summit in aimed toward jump-starting a dialogue between Venezuela’s authorities and its adversaries. Neither Maduro’s authorities nor the opposition had been invited to take part.

As soon as in Colombia, Guaidó contacted Ambassador James Story, who heads the Venezuela Affairs Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, and Juan González, the senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs on the U.S. Nationwide Safety Council. Guaidó’s intention, he mentioned, was to fulfill with officers on the town for the summit and keep in Colombia for a stretch. However he felt “pressured” by Colombian officers and González to go away the nation instantly.

Jonathan Reynaga, a Guaidó adviser who met him in Bogotá and traveled with him to Miami, mentioned he noticed a dialog by which González “at no stage confirmed empathy for his safety or his household’s.”

“All that Juan González implies and cares about is that he take the airplane as quickly as doable as a result of he doesn’t wish to take the highlight away from the summit,” Reynaga mentioned.

A U.S. official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate the delicate matter, mentioned it was not correct to characterize the journey as an expulsion by Colombian authorities. Guaidó determined to go away Colombia voluntarily, the official mentioned. Had he turned down the U.S. supply of a flight to Miami, the U.S. delegation would have supplied him a seat on their airplane returning to the USA after the summit. Had he chosen to remain in Colombia, the U.S. official mentioned, it was unlikely Guaidó would have been deported to Venezuela. He may have stayed and requested asylum.

Guaidó’s public try to crash a global convention pissed off Colombian officers, in response to the U.S. official and others who had been intently concerned.

Whereas Venezuelan opposition leaders weren’t invited to the convention itself, the Petro authorities convened a gathering a couple of days earlier with key members of their negotiating workforce and invited Guaidó’s Widespread Will celebration to ship a consultant. The consultant didn’t attend the assembly; Guaidó blamed logistical challenges.

When Guaidó himself entered the nation uninvited, Colombian officers feared his presence would disrupt and distract from the convention.

Venezuela’s opposition dissolves Guaidó-led ‘interim government’

In an try to defuse the stress and guarantee Guaidó’s security, the official mentioned, his U.S. contacts invited him to Story’s residence, the place Colombian authorities interviewed him. The 2 governments then organized for his transport to a cushty location at Bogotá’s El Dorado Worldwide Airport — in neither a terminal nor a VIP room nor a detention space — and his flight to Florida, the official mentioned. He was escorted to the airport by Colombian officers and accompanied by U.S. officers.

Some Colombian authorities suspected Guaidó was contemplating getting into Colombia, in response to a Colombian who’s intently concerned in discussions between the Colombian and Venezuelan governments. “He was ready for the precise second to do it, to generate the best political impression,” mentioned the individual, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to talk freely in regards to the matter. Guaidó’s celebration, the individual mentioned, needed to “torpedo” Colombia’s efforts to restart negotiations between the Maduro authorities and the opposition.

Colombian International Minister Álvaro Leyva mentioned final week that Guaidó had come to the nation “for the noise that he himself produces.” He mentioned his arrival caught Colombian officers without warning.

“Right here we have now not closed our doorways to anybody,” Leyva mentioned. “This isn’t a rustic that expels, it is a nation that merely appears to adjust to the Structure and the legislation.”

Petro tweeted that the Colombian authorities would have “gladly supplied” Guaidó asylum if he had requested for it. “There was no have to enter the nation illegally,” he mentioned. “He was supplied a transit allow, he was not deported again to his nation and with the permission of the U.S. he flew to that nation.”

Geoff Ramsey, a senior fellow on Venezuela on the Atlantic Council, mentioned it was clear they determined they may have extra impression in Miami than in Caracas.”

“Guaidó had a chance for his consultant to fulfill with Petro,” Ramsey mentioned. “The truth that they boycotted that assembly raises questions on his dedication to the general negotiations.”

Guaidó, as soon as a unifying determine in Venezuela towards the Maduro authorities, has seen his reputation at dwelling plummet. As opposition politicians put together for a main election this 12 months forward of deliberate presidential elections in 2024, polls present Guaidó behind a number of candidates. His celebration has been crucial of efforts to barter instantly with Maduro; he has argued as a substitute for extra worldwide stress and sanctions towards Maduro and his authorities.

However Guaidó additionally confronted repeated threats towards his security. After his escape from Venezuela, he mentioned, these threats prolonged to his spouse and youngsters again in Caracas.

His spouse, Fabiana Rosales, instructed The Put up that family started receiving telephone calls threatening to kidnap and hurt her and the couple’s daughters, ages 6 and 1. She determined to go away the nation, however feared she could possibly be barred from doing so. Her Venezuelan passport has expired and the kids lacked correct Venezuelan journey paperwork.

So Rosales and the kids additionally traveled by land. She packed her baggage and instructed their 6-year-old daughter that her father had discovered work outdoors of the nation and so they had been going to go meet him. “We’re going to reside the journey of Dora,” Rosales instructed her daughter, a fan of Dora the Explorer. She took the 6-year-old to her college to say a short goodbye to her mates.

After a drive of almost 10 hours, at occasions on poorly lit roads and near operating out of fuel, Rosales and her daughters crossed the border by foot, she mentioned. Rosales wore a face masks to keep away from being acknowledged.

That they had heard that border authorities on the bridge entrances had been rigorously checking documentation of Venezuelans crossing into Colombia. So Rosales went a distinct manner, she mentioned, crossing a river in an space identified to be managed by guerrilla teams. Because the water approached waist excessive, she mentioned, her daughters had been carried on the shoulders of individuals serving to them cross. They completed the final stretch of the river by boat, after which walked by a forested space to discover a taxi to an immigration workplace.

“Probably the most tough day of my life was ready for my daughters to cross the border,” Guaidó mentioned.

Rosales and their daughters finally made it to Bogotá after which to Miami. They reunited with Guaidó Monday at Miami Worldwide Airport.

Guaidó mentioned he doesn’t know the way lengthy the household will keep in the USA. They’re presently within the nation on vacationer visas. Guaidó mentioned he hopes to return to Venezuela to journey the nation and marketing campaign within the upcoming main for the opposition’s nomination. However he’ll be staying in Miami, he mentioned, “till we all know it’s protected to return.”

Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaidó reunited together with his spouse and two youngsters on Might 1 in Miami after they crossed the Venezuelan border by foot. (Video: Guaidó household handout)

Karen DeYoung in Washington contributed to this report.

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Earlier than he escaped to Miami final week, earlier than he tried to crash a global convention to which he was not invited, Juan Guaidó traveled quietly throughout Venezuela by street. At one level, the embattled opposition politician says, he was transported behind an ambulance to keep away from public discover.

Guaidó, fleeing what he says had been threats of arrests by the Venezuelan authorities, crossed the border to Colombia and made his strategy to Bogotá. The worldwide summit right here, he hoped, would supply a window of alternative by which sympathetic officers of the U.S. and different overseas governments may preserve him protected and help his trigger — the top of the authoritarian socialist authorities of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

As a substitute, he mentioned in an interview with The Washington Put up, he was met with “threats of deportation” from the Colombian authorities and felt “stress” from a U.S. official to get on a airplane out of Colombia.

U.S. and Colombian officers inform a distinct story. And as Guaidó makes a tour by Washington to fulfill with Biden administration officers and lawmakers, some analysts are describing his journey as political theater by a once-influential determine capitalizing on his final remaining relevance: The help of politicians in the USA.

Guaidó, former Venezuelan opposition leader, lands in U.S. for ‘refuge’

“He’s making an attempt to current himself as a sufferer,” mentioned David Smilde, a Tulane College sociologist who research Venezuela. “It was basically dishonest, nevertheless it performed to his power, and his power is in D.C.”

Guaidó spoke on the Wilson Heart in Washington on Wednesday and deliberate to fulfill with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Wednesday and Thursday.

Three years in the past, Guaidó was acknowledged by the USA and greater than 50 different international locations as Venezuela’s rightful chief. Maduro had claimed victory in a fraudulent election, the argument went, and Guaidó, as president of Venezuela’s Nationwide Meeting, was the highest-ranking authorities official who had been democratically elected.

However mass protests, appeals to overseas governments and an abortive rebellion didn’t dislodge Maduro, and in December, fellow opposition leaders voted to dissolve Guaidó’s so-called interim authorities.

Authorities threats towards his security escalated, he instructed The Put up, and the 39-year-old father of two started exploring choices to go away Venezuela. Round early April, he mentioned, he obtained telephone calls from two high-ranking officers within the Maduro authorities who warned his arrest was imminent.

The Maduro authorities has lengthy prohibited Guaidó from leaving the nation, which means the best choice can be to slide throughout the border to Colombia over land. He determined to take action final week, a day earlier than Colombian President Gustavo Petro was on account of host a global summit in aimed toward jump-starting a dialogue between Venezuela’s authorities and its adversaries. Neither Maduro’s authorities nor the opposition had been invited to take part.

As soon as in Colombia, Guaidó contacted Ambassador James Story, who heads the Venezuela Affairs Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, and Juan González, the senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs on the U.S. Nationwide Safety Council. Guaidó’s intention, he mentioned, was to fulfill with officers on the town for the summit and keep in Colombia for a stretch. However he felt “pressured” by Colombian officers and González to go away the nation instantly.

Jonathan Reynaga, a Guaidó adviser who met him in Bogotá and traveled with him to Miami, mentioned he noticed a dialog by which González “at no stage confirmed empathy for his safety or his household’s.”

“All that Juan González implies and cares about is that he take the airplane as quickly as doable as a result of he doesn’t wish to take the highlight away from the summit,” Reynaga mentioned.

A U.S. official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate the delicate matter, mentioned it was not correct to characterize the journey as an expulsion by Colombian authorities. Guaidó determined to go away Colombia voluntarily, the official mentioned. Had he turned down the U.S. supply of a flight to Miami, the U.S. delegation would have supplied him a seat on their airplane returning to the USA after the summit. Had he chosen to remain in Colombia, the U.S. official mentioned, it was unlikely Guaidó would have been deported to Venezuela. He may have stayed and requested asylum.

Guaidó’s public try to crash a global convention pissed off Colombian officers, in response to the U.S. official and others who had been intently concerned.

Whereas Venezuelan opposition leaders weren’t invited to the convention itself, the Petro authorities convened a gathering a couple of days earlier with key members of their negotiating workforce and invited Guaidó’s Widespread Will celebration to ship a consultant. The consultant didn’t attend the assembly; Guaidó blamed logistical challenges.

When Guaidó himself entered the nation uninvited, Colombian officers feared his presence would disrupt and distract from the convention.

Venezuela’s opposition dissolves Guaidó-led ‘interim government’

In an try to defuse the stress and guarantee Guaidó’s security, the official mentioned, his U.S. contacts invited him to Story’s residence, the place Colombian authorities interviewed him. The 2 governments then organized for his transport to a cushty location at Bogotá’s El Dorado Worldwide Airport — in neither a terminal nor a VIP room nor a detention space — and his flight to Florida, the official mentioned. He was escorted to the airport by Colombian officers and accompanied by U.S. officers.

Some Colombian authorities suspected Guaidó was contemplating getting into Colombia, in response to a Colombian who’s intently concerned in discussions between the Colombian and Venezuelan governments. “He was ready for the precise second to do it, to generate the best political impression,” mentioned the individual, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to talk freely in regards to the matter. Guaidó’s celebration, the individual mentioned, needed to “torpedo” Colombia’s efforts to restart negotiations between the Maduro authorities and the opposition.

Colombian International Minister Álvaro Leyva mentioned final week that Guaidó had come to the nation “for the noise that he himself produces.” He mentioned his arrival caught Colombian officers without warning.

“Right here we have now not closed our doorways to anybody,” Leyva mentioned. “This isn’t a rustic that expels, it is a nation that merely appears to adjust to the Structure and the legislation.”

Petro tweeted that the Colombian authorities would have “gladly supplied” Guaidó asylum if he had requested for it. “There was no have to enter the nation illegally,” he mentioned. “He was supplied a transit allow, he was not deported again to his nation and with the permission of the U.S. he flew to that nation.”

Geoff Ramsey, a senior fellow on Venezuela on the Atlantic Council, mentioned it was clear they determined they may have extra impression in Miami than in Caracas.”

“Guaidó had a chance for his consultant to fulfill with Petro,” Ramsey mentioned. “The truth that they boycotted that assembly raises questions on his dedication to the general negotiations.”

Guaidó, as soon as a unifying determine in Venezuela towards the Maduro authorities, has seen his reputation at dwelling plummet. As opposition politicians put together for a main election this 12 months forward of deliberate presidential elections in 2024, polls present Guaidó behind a number of candidates. His celebration has been crucial of efforts to barter instantly with Maduro; he has argued as a substitute for extra worldwide stress and sanctions towards Maduro and his authorities.

However Guaidó additionally confronted repeated threats towards his security. After his escape from Venezuela, he mentioned, these threats prolonged to his spouse and youngsters again in Caracas.

His spouse, Fabiana Rosales, instructed The Put up that family started receiving telephone calls threatening to kidnap and hurt her and the couple’s daughters, ages 6 and 1. She determined to go away the nation, however feared she could possibly be barred from doing so. Her Venezuelan passport has expired and the kids lacked correct Venezuelan journey paperwork.

So Rosales and the kids additionally traveled by land. She packed her baggage and instructed their 6-year-old daughter that her father had discovered work outdoors of the nation and so they had been going to go meet him. “We’re going to reside the journey of Dora,” Rosales instructed her daughter, a fan of Dora the Explorer. She took the 6-year-old to her college to say a short goodbye to her mates.

After a drive of almost 10 hours, at occasions on poorly lit roads and near operating out of fuel, Rosales and her daughters crossed the border by foot, she mentioned. Rosales wore a face masks to keep away from being acknowledged.

That they had heard that border authorities on the bridge entrances had been rigorously checking documentation of Venezuelans crossing into Colombia. So Rosales went a distinct manner, she mentioned, crossing a river in an space identified to be managed by guerrilla teams. Because the water approached waist excessive, she mentioned, her daughters had been carried on the shoulders of individuals serving to them cross. They completed the final stretch of the river by boat, after which walked by a forested space to discover a taxi to an immigration workplace.

“Probably the most tough day of my life was ready for my daughters to cross the border,” Guaidó mentioned.

Rosales and their daughters finally made it to Bogotá after which to Miami. They reunited with Guaidó Monday at Miami Worldwide Airport.

Guaidó mentioned he doesn’t know the way lengthy the household will keep in the USA. They’re presently within the nation on vacationer visas. Guaidó mentioned he hopes to return to Venezuela to journey the nation and marketing campaign within the upcoming main for the opposition’s nomination. However he’ll be staying in Miami, he mentioned, “till we all know it’s protected to return.”

Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaidó reunited together with his spouse and two youngsters on Might 1 in Miami after they crossed the Venezuelan border by foot. (Video: Guaidó household handout)

Karen DeYoung in Washington contributed to this report.

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Earlier than he escaped to Miami final week, earlier than he tried to crash a global convention to which he was not invited, Juan Guaidó traveled quietly throughout Venezuela by street. At one level, the embattled opposition politician says, he was transported behind an ambulance to keep away from public discover.

Guaidó, fleeing what he says had been threats of arrests by the Venezuelan authorities, crossed the border to Colombia and made his strategy to Bogotá. The worldwide summit right here, he hoped, would supply a window of alternative by which sympathetic officers of the U.S. and different overseas governments may preserve him protected and help his trigger — the top of the authoritarian socialist authorities of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

As a substitute, he mentioned in an interview with The Washington Put up, he was met with “threats of deportation” from the Colombian authorities and felt “stress” from a U.S. official to get on a airplane out of Colombia.

U.S. and Colombian officers inform a distinct story. And as Guaidó makes a tour by Washington to fulfill with Biden administration officers and lawmakers, some analysts are describing his journey as political theater by a once-influential determine capitalizing on his final remaining relevance: The help of politicians in the USA.

Guaidó, former Venezuelan opposition leader, lands in U.S. for ‘refuge’

“He’s making an attempt to current himself as a sufferer,” mentioned David Smilde, a Tulane College sociologist who research Venezuela. “It was basically dishonest, nevertheless it performed to his power, and his power is in D.C.”

Guaidó spoke on the Wilson Heart in Washington on Wednesday and deliberate to fulfill with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Wednesday and Thursday.

Three years in the past, Guaidó was acknowledged by the USA and greater than 50 different international locations as Venezuela’s rightful chief. Maduro had claimed victory in a fraudulent election, the argument went, and Guaidó, as president of Venezuela’s Nationwide Meeting, was the highest-ranking authorities official who had been democratically elected.

However mass protests, appeals to overseas governments and an abortive rebellion didn’t dislodge Maduro, and in December, fellow opposition leaders voted to dissolve Guaidó’s so-called interim authorities.

Authorities threats towards his security escalated, he instructed The Put up, and the 39-year-old father of two started exploring choices to go away Venezuela. Round early April, he mentioned, he obtained telephone calls from two high-ranking officers within the Maduro authorities who warned his arrest was imminent.

The Maduro authorities has lengthy prohibited Guaidó from leaving the nation, which means the best choice can be to slide throughout the border to Colombia over land. He determined to take action final week, a day earlier than Colombian President Gustavo Petro was on account of host a global summit in aimed toward jump-starting a dialogue between Venezuela’s authorities and its adversaries. Neither Maduro’s authorities nor the opposition had been invited to take part.

As soon as in Colombia, Guaidó contacted Ambassador James Story, who heads the Venezuela Affairs Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, and Juan González, the senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs on the U.S. Nationwide Safety Council. Guaidó’s intention, he mentioned, was to fulfill with officers on the town for the summit and keep in Colombia for a stretch. However he felt “pressured” by Colombian officers and González to go away the nation instantly.

Jonathan Reynaga, a Guaidó adviser who met him in Bogotá and traveled with him to Miami, mentioned he noticed a dialog by which González “at no stage confirmed empathy for his safety or his household’s.”

“All that Juan González implies and cares about is that he take the airplane as quickly as doable as a result of he doesn’t wish to take the highlight away from the summit,” Reynaga mentioned.

A U.S. official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate the delicate matter, mentioned it was not correct to characterize the journey as an expulsion by Colombian authorities. Guaidó determined to go away Colombia voluntarily, the official mentioned. Had he turned down the U.S. supply of a flight to Miami, the U.S. delegation would have supplied him a seat on their airplane returning to the USA after the summit. Had he chosen to remain in Colombia, the U.S. official mentioned, it was unlikely Guaidó would have been deported to Venezuela. He may have stayed and requested asylum.

Guaidó’s public try to crash a global convention pissed off Colombian officers, in response to the U.S. official and others who had been intently concerned.

Whereas Venezuelan opposition leaders weren’t invited to the convention itself, the Petro authorities convened a gathering a couple of days earlier with key members of their negotiating workforce and invited Guaidó’s Widespread Will celebration to ship a consultant. The consultant didn’t attend the assembly; Guaidó blamed logistical challenges.

When Guaidó himself entered the nation uninvited, Colombian officers feared his presence would disrupt and distract from the convention.

Venezuela’s opposition dissolves Guaidó-led ‘interim government’

In an try to defuse the stress and guarantee Guaidó’s security, the official mentioned, his U.S. contacts invited him to Story’s residence, the place Colombian authorities interviewed him. The 2 governments then organized for his transport to a cushty location at Bogotá’s El Dorado Worldwide Airport — in neither a terminal nor a VIP room nor a detention space — and his flight to Florida, the official mentioned. He was escorted to the airport by Colombian officers and accompanied by U.S. officers.

Some Colombian authorities suspected Guaidó was contemplating getting into Colombia, in response to a Colombian who’s intently concerned in discussions between the Colombian and Venezuelan governments. “He was ready for the precise second to do it, to generate the best political impression,” mentioned the individual, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to talk freely in regards to the matter. Guaidó’s celebration, the individual mentioned, needed to “torpedo” Colombia’s efforts to restart negotiations between the Maduro authorities and the opposition.

Colombian International Minister Álvaro Leyva mentioned final week that Guaidó had come to the nation “for the noise that he himself produces.” He mentioned his arrival caught Colombian officers without warning.

“Right here we have now not closed our doorways to anybody,” Leyva mentioned. “This isn’t a rustic that expels, it is a nation that merely appears to adjust to the Structure and the legislation.”

Petro tweeted that the Colombian authorities would have “gladly supplied” Guaidó asylum if he had requested for it. “There was no have to enter the nation illegally,” he mentioned. “He was supplied a transit allow, he was not deported again to his nation and with the permission of the U.S. he flew to that nation.”

Geoff Ramsey, a senior fellow on Venezuela on the Atlantic Council, mentioned it was clear they determined they may have extra impression in Miami than in Caracas.”

“Guaidó had a chance for his consultant to fulfill with Petro,” Ramsey mentioned. “The truth that they boycotted that assembly raises questions on his dedication to the general negotiations.”

Guaidó, as soon as a unifying determine in Venezuela towards the Maduro authorities, has seen his reputation at dwelling plummet. As opposition politicians put together for a main election this 12 months forward of deliberate presidential elections in 2024, polls present Guaidó behind a number of candidates. His celebration has been crucial of efforts to barter instantly with Maduro; he has argued as a substitute for extra worldwide stress and sanctions towards Maduro and his authorities.

However Guaidó additionally confronted repeated threats towards his security. After his escape from Venezuela, he mentioned, these threats prolonged to his spouse and youngsters again in Caracas.

His spouse, Fabiana Rosales, instructed The Put up that family started receiving telephone calls threatening to kidnap and hurt her and the couple’s daughters, ages 6 and 1. She determined to go away the nation, however feared she could possibly be barred from doing so. Her Venezuelan passport has expired and the kids lacked correct Venezuelan journey paperwork.

So Rosales and the kids additionally traveled by land. She packed her baggage and instructed their 6-year-old daughter that her father had discovered work outdoors of the nation and so they had been going to go meet him. “We’re going to reside the journey of Dora,” Rosales instructed her daughter, a fan of Dora the Explorer. She took the 6-year-old to her college to say a short goodbye to her mates.

After a drive of almost 10 hours, at occasions on poorly lit roads and near operating out of fuel, Rosales and her daughters crossed the border by foot, she mentioned. Rosales wore a face masks to keep away from being acknowledged.

That they had heard that border authorities on the bridge entrances had been rigorously checking documentation of Venezuelans crossing into Colombia. So Rosales went a distinct manner, she mentioned, crossing a river in an space identified to be managed by guerrilla teams. Because the water approached waist excessive, she mentioned, her daughters had been carried on the shoulders of individuals serving to them cross. They completed the final stretch of the river by boat, after which walked by a forested space to discover a taxi to an immigration workplace.

“Probably the most tough day of my life was ready for my daughters to cross the border,” Guaidó mentioned.

Rosales and their daughters finally made it to Bogotá after which to Miami. They reunited with Guaidó Monday at Miami Worldwide Airport.

Guaidó mentioned he doesn’t know the way lengthy the household will keep in the USA. They’re presently within the nation on vacationer visas. Guaidó mentioned he hopes to return to Venezuela to journey the nation and marketing campaign within the upcoming main for the opposition’s nomination. However he’ll be staying in Miami, he mentioned, “till we all know it’s protected to return.”

Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaidó reunited together with his spouse and two youngsters on Might 1 in Miami after they crossed the Venezuelan border by foot. (Video: Guaidó household handout)

Karen DeYoung in Washington contributed to this report.

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Earlier than he escaped to Miami final week, earlier than he tried to crash a global convention to which he was not invited, Juan Guaidó traveled quietly throughout Venezuela by street. At one level, the embattled opposition politician says, he was transported behind an ambulance to keep away from public discover.

Guaidó, fleeing what he says had been threats of arrests by the Venezuelan authorities, crossed the border to Colombia and made his strategy to Bogotá. The worldwide summit right here, he hoped, would supply a window of alternative by which sympathetic officers of the U.S. and different overseas governments may preserve him protected and help his trigger — the top of the authoritarian socialist authorities of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

As a substitute, he mentioned in an interview with The Washington Put up, he was met with “threats of deportation” from the Colombian authorities and felt “stress” from a U.S. official to get on a airplane out of Colombia.

U.S. and Colombian officers inform a distinct story. And as Guaidó makes a tour by Washington to fulfill with Biden administration officers and lawmakers, some analysts are describing his journey as political theater by a once-influential determine capitalizing on his final remaining relevance: The help of politicians in the USA.

Guaidó, former Venezuelan opposition leader, lands in U.S. for ‘refuge’

“He’s making an attempt to current himself as a sufferer,” mentioned David Smilde, a Tulane College sociologist who research Venezuela. “It was basically dishonest, nevertheless it performed to his power, and his power is in D.C.”

Guaidó spoke on the Wilson Heart in Washington on Wednesday and deliberate to fulfill with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Wednesday and Thursday.

Three years in the past, Guaidó was acknowledged by the USA and greater than 50 different international locations as Venezuela’s rightful chief. Maduro had claimed victory in a fraudulent election, the argument went, and Guaidó, as president of Venezuela’s Nationwide Meeting, was the highest-ranking authorities official who had been democratically elected.

However mass protests, appeals to overseas governments and an abortive rebellion didn’t dislodge Maduro, and in December, fellow opposition leaders voted to dissolve Guaidó’s so-called interim authorities.

Authorities threats towards his security escalated, he instructed The Put up, and the 39-year-old father of two started exploring choices to go away Venezuela. Round early April, he mentioned, he obtained telephone calls from two high-ranking officers within the Maduro authorities who warned his arrest was imminent.

The Maduro authorities has lengthy prohibited Guaidó from leaving the nation, which means the best choice can be to slide throughout the border to Colombia over land. He determined to take action final week, a day earlier than Colombian President Gustavo Petro was on account of host a global summit in aimed toward jump-starting a dialogue between Venezuela’s authorities and its adversaries. Neither Maduro’s authorities nor the opposition had been invited to take part.

As soon as in Colombia, Guaidó contacted Ambassador James Story, who heads the Venezuela Affairs Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, and Juan González, the senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs on the U.S. Nationwide Safety Council. Guaidó’s intention, he mentioned, was to fulfill with officers on the town for the summit and keep in Colombia for a stretch. However he felt “pressured” by Colombian officers and González to go away the nation instantly.

Jonathan Reynaga, a Guaidó adviser who met him in Bogotá and traveled with him to Miami, mentioned he noticed a dialog by which González “at no stage confirmed empathy for his safety or his household’s.”

“All that Juan González implies and cares about is that he take the airplane as quickly as doable as a result of he doesn’t wish to take the highlight away from the summit,” Reynaga mentioned.

A U.S. official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate the delicate matter, mentioned it was not correct to characterize the journey as an expulsion by Colombian authorities. Guaidó determined to go away Colombia voluntarily, the official mentioned. Had he turned down the U.S. supply of a flight to Miami, the U.S. delegation would have supplied him a seat on their airplane returning to the USA after the summit. Had he chosen to remain in Colombia, the U.S. official mentioned, it was unlikely Guaidó would have been deported to Venezuela. He may have stayed and requested asylum.

Guaidó’s public try to crash a global convention pissed off Colombian officers, in response to the U.S. official and others who had been intently concerned.

Whereas Venezuelan opposition leaders weren’t invited to the convention itself, the Petro authorities convened a gathering a couple of days earlier with key members of their negotiating workforce and invited Guaidó’s Widespread Will celebration to ship a consultant. The consultant didn’t attend the assembly; Guaidó blamed logistical challenges.

When Guaidó himself entered the nation uninvited, Colombian officers feared his presence would disrupt and distract from the convention.

Venezuela’s opposition dissolves Guaidó-led ‘interim government’

In an try to defuse the stress and guarantee Guaidó’s security, the official mentioned, his U.S. contacts invited him to Story’s residence, the place Colombian authorities interviewed him. The 2 governments then organized for his transport to a cushty location at Bogotá’s El Dorado Worldwide Airport — in neither a terminal nor a VIP room nor a detention space — and his flight to Florida, the official mentioned. He was escorted to the airport by Colombian officers and accompanied by U.S. officers.

Some Colombian authorities suspected Guaidó was contemplating getting into Colombia, in response to a Colombian who’s intently concerned in discussions between the Colombian and Venezuelan governments. “He was ready for the precise second to do it, to generate the best political impression,” mentioned the individual, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to talk freely in regards to the matter. Guaidó’s celebration, the individual mentioned, needed to “torpedo” Colombia’s efforts to restart negotiations between the Maduro authorities and the opposition.

Colombian International Minister Álvaro Leyva mentioned final week that Guaidó had come to the nation “for the noise that he himself produces.” He mentioned his arrival caught Colombian officers without warning.

“Right here we have now not closed our doorways to anybody,” Leyva mentioned. “This isn’t a rustic that expels, it is a nation that merely appears to adjust to the Structure and the legislation.”

Petro tweeted that the Colombian authorities would have “gladly supplied” Guaidó asylum if he had requested for it. “There was no have to enter the nation illegally,” he mentioned. “He was supplied a transit allow, he was not deported again to his nation and with the permission of the U.S. he flew to that nation.”

Geoff Ramsey, a senior fellow on Venezuela on the Atlantic Council, mentioned it was clear they determined they may have extra impression in Miami than in Caracas.”

“Guaidó had a chance for his consultant to fulfill with Petro,” Ramsey mentioned. “The truth that they boycotted that assembly raises questions on his dedication to the general negotiations.”

Guaidó, as soon as a unifying determine in Venezuela towards the Maduro authorities, has seen his reputation at dwelling plummet. As opposition politicians put together for a main election this 12 months forward of deliberate presidential elections in 2024, polls present Guaidó behind a number of candidates. His celebration has been crucial of efforts to barter instantly with Maduro; he has argued as a substitute for extra worldwide stress and sanctions towards Maduro and his authorities.

However Guaidó additionally confronted repeated threats towards his security. After his escape from Venezuela, he mentioned, these threats prolonged to his spouse and youngsters again in Caracas.

His spouse, Fabiana Rosales, instructed The Put up that family started receiving telephone calls threatening to kidnap and hurt her and the couple’s daughters, ages 6 and 1. She determined to go away the nation, however feared she could possibly be barred from doing so. Her Venezuelan passport has expired and the kids lacked correct Venezuelan journey paperwork.

So Rosales and the kids additionally traveled by land. She packed her baggage and instructed their 6-year-old daughter that her father had discovered work outdoors of the nation and so they had been going to go meet him. “We’re going to reside the journey of Dora,” Rosales instructed her daughter, a fan of Dora the Explorer. She took the 6-year-old to her college to say a short goodbye to her mates.

After a drive of almost 10 hours, at occasions on poorly lit roads and near operating out of fuel, Rosales and her daughters crossed the border by foot, she mentioned. Rosales wore a face masks to keep away from being acknowledged.

That they had heard that border authorities on the bridge entrances had been rigorously checking documentation of Venezuelans crossing into Colombia. So Rosales went a distinct manner, she mentioned, crossing a river in an space identified to be managed by guerrilla teams. Because the water approached waist excessive, she mentioned, her daughters had been carried on the shoulders of individuals serving to them cross. They completed the final stretch of the river by boat, after which walked by a forested space to discover a taxi to an immigration workplace.

“Probably the most tough day of my life was ready for my daughters to cross the border,” Guaidó mentioned.

Rosales and their daughters finally made it to Bogotá after which to Miami. They reunited with Guaidó Monday at Miami Worldwide Airport.

Guaidó mentioned he doesn’t know the way lengthy the household will keep in the USA. They’re presently within the nation on vacationer visas. Guaidó mentioned he hopes to return to Venezuela to journey the nation and marketing campaign within the upcoming main for the opposition’s nomination. However he’ll be staying in Miami, he mentioned, “till we all know it’s protected to return.”

Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaidó reunited together with his spouse and two youngsters on Might 1 in Miami after they crossed the Venezuelan border by foot. (Video: Guaidó household handout)

Karen DeYoung in Washington contributed to this report.

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