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Venezuelan opposition members seek refuge in foreign embassies
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Venezuelan opposition members seek refuge in foreign embassies

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Venezuelan opposition lawmakers stripped of their congressional immunity by the Maduro regime are seeking refuge in foreign embassies.

Italy’s foreign minister confirmed Friday that Americo De Grazia, a member of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, has sought protection inside the residence of the Italian ambassador in Carcass.

The ministry said De Grazia, who is of Italian origin, was legitimately elected to the assembly and, despite enjoying parliamentary immunity, has been the subject of judicial proceedings that would result in his arrest.

At least 10 opposition lawmakers were stripped of immunity earlier this week after the Supreme Court said they should be investigated for conspiracy, rebellion, and treason.

Mariela Magallanes is also inside the Italian embassy, while her colleague Richard Blanco has gone to the Argentina Embassy in Caracas.