After almost two years separated by persecution and political imprisonment, Roberto Marrero, former Head of the Office of the President (E) of Venezuela, was able to reunite with his family.
On October 8th, Marrero arrived in the city of Miami, where he was received as Charge d’Affaires for the US Foreign Office for Venezuela, James Story, his wife and son.
The political leader’s arrival on U.S. soil was fraught with obstacles from the outset.
Seven days earlier, Nicolás Maduro’s regime forced Marrero to abandon the humanitarian flight to Spain just as it was about to take off. The special Plus Ultra charter flight to Madrid, carrying nearly 300 people, finally took off without the official on board.
However, last Thursday he traveled to Mexico City on a plane of the Venezuelan airline Conviasa, after five days of waiting to leave the country, to finally arrive in the United States.
Former Chief of Staff Juan Guaidó has been backed by the diplomatic corps of Spain, Mexico and the United States to meet with his family.
Through his social network accounts, the political leader extended his gratitude to the Spanish government: Ambassador Jesús Silva and Consul Juan José Buitrago; President López Obrador of Mexico and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, for the positions adopted in favor of a democratic solution and their unconditional support in order for him to travel and meet with his family.
“We are happy to see Roberto Marrero free, but recovering constitutional rights that were illegally taken from him should not be applauded”, indicated the Embassy of the United States in Venezuela, which was in charge of informing about the arrival of the political leader to US soil.
The institution also urged Nicolás Maduro to release “the hundreds of political prisoners it is arbitrarily detaining”.
On behalf of his entire family, Marrero also dedicated special thanks to US Senator Rick Scott for his unconditional support for his release.
“Maduro and his regime are responsible for separating this family and we will continue to denounce their oppressive regime until freedom and democracy are restored to Venezuela,” Scott stated in his personal Twitter account.
Pardons are pieces to exchange
The President of the Republic, Juan Guaidó, assured that Maduro’s dictatorship intends to use the pardoned people as exchange chips, looking forward into the electoral farce of next December 6th. “They want to legitimize a farce,” he emphasized.
“Innocent people cannot pardoned, nor those who have immunity,” said the national leader.
Roberto Marrero was arrested on the night of March 21st, 2019 and transferred to El Helicoide.
“They freed us because they need to lower the pressure. I was not released for nothing, they have to negotiate and there is a workgroup outside, led by the interim president,” said the Guaidó’s confidant, the day he was released.