Consul expelled from Miami returned on Monday to Caracas
President Hugo Chávez said that Venezuela's consul general to Miami (Florida) Livia Acosta Noguera returned in December to avoid putting her into jeopardy
Former Venezuela's consul general to Miami (Florida) Livia Acosta Noguera said on Monday in a Miami radio show that after she was declared persona non grata by the US Department of State she would return to Caracas that same day. However, some hours later, President Hugo Chávez said that she had returned to Venezuela in December.
"The deadline (to leave the US) is due tomorrow (Tuesday), and I am leaving tonight," Acosta said on Monday, January 9, at 5:30 pm in an interview with radio station Actualidad 1020, in Miami.
Three hours later, Chávez said: "Our consul has already returned. Our intelligence agencies are working much better than ever before. We already knew that it was going to happen (the consul's expulsion). Therefore, to avoid any danger for her, she returned to Caracas in December. She is not returning (to Miami)."
The former Venezuelan consul had told a Venezuelan journalist who interviewed her: "If you examine the case, you will notice that many of the accusations are unfounded."
Meanwhile, a group of organizations formed by Venezuelans living in the United States voiced their support for the US government's decision to expel Acosta from the United States. The claimed that the former Miami consul turned Venezuelan consulate into a spying center.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."