Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, team detained in Venezuela
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and members of his team have been detained in Caracas, Venezuela after disputed President Nicolas Maduro “didn’t like the questions” they were asking during an interview, the network tweeted Monday night.
Ramos and other crewmembers from Univision were “arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace,” officials wrote online. It was not immediately clear how many others were detained with Ramos.
Attention: A @Univision team, headed by @jorgeramosnews, is being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas. They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn’t like the questions. Their technical equipment was also confiscated. https://t.co/c45tB0E4er— Univision News (@UnivisionNews) February 26, 2019
In addition to their detainment, the team’s technical equipment was confiscated, according to the network.
The State Department confirmed on Twitter that Ramos and his team “are being held against their will at Miraflores Palace by Nicolas Maduro,” and urged him to immediately release them.
.@StateDept has received word the journalist @jorgeramosnews and his team are being held against their will at Miraflores Palace by Nicolas Maduro. We insist on their immediate release; the world is watching. #Venezuela— Kimberly Breier (@WHAAsstSecty) February 26, 2019
Ramos, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was seemingly able to call Univision to explain what was happening “when the phone was taken from him & the call ended.”
Apparently @jorgeramosnews was able to call his office & was in the middle of explaining that #Maduro had detained him when the phone was taken from him & the call ended. https://t.co/1ob2FtWuYK— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 26, 2019
During a visit to the Colombia border city of Cucuta last week, Rubio warned Venezuelan soldiers that they would commit a “crime against humanity” if they blocked the entry of U.S. aid being channeled through rivals of Maduro.
“This is an arrogant regime that feels invulnerable & is now acting with total impunity,” Rubio tweeted in response to Ramos and his team’s detainment.
As of 7pm tonight the #MaduroRegime detained a U.S. journalist because they didn’t like his questions to the dictator & were firing tear gas & firearms across the border into #Colombia.
This is an arrogant regime that feels invulnerable & is now acting with total impunity. https://t.co/rf5aa7fUZP— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 26, 2019
Maduro, who began his second term as president in January, is not recognized by the U.S. or dozens of other countries as the legitimate president of Venezuela.
The U.S. and other nations have demanded Maduro step down and have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader. Venezuelans also have staged large protests to pressure Maduro to leave.
Vice President Mike Pence on Monday urged a 14-nation coalition of Latin American nations and Canada to freeze the assets of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company in response to violent clashes between security forces and opposition members over blocked humanitarian aid.
Speaking in Colombia, Pence repeated President Trump’s threat that “all options are on the table” to push out Maduro.
“It’s time to do more,” the vice president said. “The day is coming soon when Venezuela’s long nightmare will end, when Venezuela will once more be free, when her people will see a new birth of freedom, in a nation reborn to libertad.”