Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido entered the Venezuelan embassy in Brasilia on Wednesday, according to reports, and tried to take control of the building after several officials withdrew their support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
The Venezuelan government has denounced that its embassy in Brazil is under siege after irregular groups tried to force the exit of diplomatic personnel who remain in the compound.
Guaido's representative in Brazil, Maria Teresa Belandria, said in a statement that some diplomatic corps "recognise President Juan Guaido" and have "voluntarily handed over the diplomatic headquarters to the legitimately accredited representation in Brazil."
There are contradictory reports about whether the group entered by force.
Alberto Palomo, one of Guaido's supporters who entered the embassy and was escorted by the police outside the compound, stated that "the door was open and the main door of the chancellery was also open, so there was no resistance, there was no violence, there was nothing. It was a group of about 15 people who came to the embassy compound and then the intention was to wait until dawn and have some people from the embassy and come to talk and dialogue."
On the other hand, a deputy of the Brazilian Workers Party (PT), Paulo Pimenta, said from inside the diplomatic building that "at 5 a.m. the Venezuelan embassy was invaded by a group of people," adding, "here there are a lot of children, families were sleeping, they were approached by a military, paramilitary, criminal action.”
The security forces are working to achieve a peaceful resolution of the situation. Meanwhile, PT members and Maduro's supporters gathered to demonstrate outside the embassy. According to available reports, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was unaware of the activists' plan.