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Newsline: Venezuela opposition politician Freddy Guevara spends year in Chilean embassy

Freddy Guevara, the 32-year-old former vice-president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, has spent a year holed up in the Chilean embassy in Caracas. The high security outside of the embassy is a sign of the tense relations that continue between the two countries, as the Chilean government continues to offer protection to one of President Nicolas Maduro’s most prominent critics. Guevara’s supporters gathered at the embassy on Monday to mark the anniversary of the day he sought refuge. They were demanding an end to his persecution. After Maduro was elected to replace the late Hugo Chavez in 2013, human rights activists say Maduro’s persecution of his critics has been brutal and relentless. Last year, Maduro tightened his grip to power with a Constituent Assembly that replaced the National Assembly. With loyalists in the Supreme Court, the Constituent Assembly issued a new “anti-hate law” that is being used to arrest anyone who speaks against Maduro. Any “hate speech” on social media in Venezuela is punishable with up to 20 years in prison.

https://www.local10.com/espanol/noticias/venezuela/venezuela-opposition-politician-freddy-guevara-spends-year-in-chilean-embassy

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Newsline: Chile foreign minister says not sending ambassador to Venezuela

Chile’s Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero said his country would not send an ambassador to Venezuela after Sunday’s presidential election was called a fraud by many countries. The post has been empty since Chile’s Former President Michelle Bachelet left office in March.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-venezuela/chile-foreign-minister-says-not-sending-ambassador-to-venezuela-idUSKCN1IO2F4

Newsline: Shark fins on Vietnamese embassy roof in Chile bought by diplomat’s relative

The official statement by the embassy claims the fins were purchased at a market in Santiago. The Vietnamese embassy in Chile has confirmed that a picture of dozens of shark fins being dried on the roof of the embassy is genuine, and that they had been bought by a relative of one of its diplomats. The relative had bought the fins at a market in Santiago and planned to cook them for the family, a statement issued on Tuesday said. The confirmation comes a day after Vietnam’s trade ministry asked the foreign ministry to verify a report that hundreds of shark fins were causing a stench on the roof of the Vietnam Commerce Office. Chilean newspaper El Mostrador published photos of the shark fins drying on the embassy roof on Friday. It said some fins had been there since January 13 and people living in nearby buildings had been complaining about the smell. Chile passed a nationwide ban on shark finning in 2011.

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/shark-fins-on-vietnamese-embassy-roof-in-chile-bought-by-diplomat-s-relative-statement-3702746.html

Newsline: Vietnam investigating reports of shark fins being dried on embassy roof in Chile

Photos appear to show over 100 fins on the roof of the embassy, and locals have been complaining that something smells fishy. Vietnamese ministries are scrambling to clarify a controversial report that claims officials in Chile have been drying shark fins on the roof of the Vietnamese embassy. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has asked the Foreign Ministry to verify the information and cooperate with Chilean government agencies to deal with the matter in accordance with local laws. Chile passed a nationwide ban on shark finning in 2011. Tran Tuan Anh from the trade ministry has also ordered the Vietnam Commerce Office in Chile to explain images of shark fins on the roof of its office at the embassy.

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-investigating-reports-of-shark-fins-being-dried-on-embassy-roof-in-chile-3702178.html

Newsline: Venezuela opposition leader seeks refuge in Chilean embassy

One of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders has sought refuge in the Chilean ambassador’s residence after being targeted for arrest by the Supreme Court. Chile’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had welcomed congressman Freddy Guevara as a guest, in line with Chile’s humanitarian tradition. He entered the ambassador’s residence in Caracas late Saturday with his girlfriend, ending more than 24 hours of suspense in which he went into hiding and vehicles belonging to the Sebin intelligence police had surrounded his residence. On Friday, the government-stacked high court barred Guevara from leaving the country and requested the pro-government Constitutional Assembly strip his immunity from prosecution. The court said Guevara is suspected of instigating unrest and other crimes during months of anti-government protests. By law, the opposition-controlled National Assembly is charged with determining whether a legislator’s constitutional immunity should be lifted. But the court has instead referred the case to the Constitutional Assembly, which has been given virtually unlimited powers. Guevara, vice president of the congress, was at the forefront of opposition protests that mobilized hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans frustrated with their nation’s spiral into political and economic crisis.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuela-opposition-leader-seeks-refuge-chilean-embassy-50938749

Newsline: Chile Condemns Attack on Argentine Embassy in Santiago

Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz condemned the attack by a group of masked men on the Argentine Embassy in Santiago. “We express our repudiation of those who supposedly protested by abusing democracy and freedom of expression, engaging in what Chile’s government considers an unacceptable act of aggression,” Muñoz said after meeting with Argentine Ambassador Jose Octavio Bordon. The masked assailants attacked the Argentine Embassy on Monday during a protest over the death of Santiago Maldonado, a 28-year-old Indian activist whose body was found on Oct. 17 in southern Argentina’s Chubut River. Maldonado went missing on Aug. 1 after fleeing from border police who broke up a demonstration by Mapuche Indians near Esquel in Chubut province. The protesters threw stones and flaming objects at the embassy in downtown Santiago on Monday, then broke down the building’s door. “Embassies are inviolable. Even during the dictatorship, I don’t remember a situation like this in which anyone vandalized, broke windows in a friendly embassy, of a country with which we have built confidence and friendship,” the Chilean foreign minister said. The police officer assigned to guard the embassy was outnumbered in the disturbances, Muñoz said, adding that security would be tightened around the diplomatic facility. “The government will take all the measures necessary to protect this embassy,” the Chilean foreign minister said. Ambassador Bordon, for his part, thanked Muñoz for visiting the embassy and said that the attack “does not express the cultural values of our countries and we are not going to allow ourselves to be defeated by violence.”

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2445216&CategoryId=14094

Newsline: Malaysia’s ambassador to Chile robbed in Santiago

Robbers entered the home of Malaysia’s ambassador to Chile, Mohamad Rameez Yahaya, on Sunday, getting away with money, jewellery and other valuables said to be worth about 39 million Chilean pesos (about RM250,000). The robbery which took place in Las Condes, an upmarket suburb in the Chilean capital of Santiago, saw Rameez, his wife and their five children tied up by five robbers, according to news portal SoyChile. Meanwhile, another Chilean news portal, Biobiochile.cl, reported the robbers had been violent and also threatened the ambassador and his family. “They hit me in the head and also tied our hands. One of them also threatened to harm my wife, and cut off her ear. “After the robbers had taken all the jewellery belonging to my wife and children, they then asked for all the cash we had at home. “They even threatened to kill my children if I refused to give them money,” Rameez was quoted as saying by Biobiochile. Rameez told Chilean media that while the family were still traumautised by the incident, they were all just relieved to have escaped unharmed.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/06/13/msian-ambassador-to-chile-family-robbed-in-santiago/