Venezuelan government evicts two United States diplomats
Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro announced on Tuesday the eviction of US Air Attaché David del Mónaco and US diplomat Debling Costal
Likewise, the vice-president reported on the eviction of US Defense Attaché David del Mónaco, fingering him as the mastermind of a plot that included the search of Venezuelan military officers for such purpose. "He has been evicted; he has 24 hours to leave Venezuela; our armed forces should be respected; we have forwarded a legal notice to the US government."
"We are tracking other constituent elements of that venomous scheme, intended to disrupt and cause small disturbances."
Minutes later, Foreign Minister Elías Jaua confirmed the decision announced by Maduro to evict US Air Attaché David del Monaco. He said Del Monaco and another US official, named Debling Costal, were declared persona non grata in Venezuela.
Jaua added that the Venezuelan government has worked to restore relations of mutual respect with the United States. He criticized, however, the fact that US top officials continue to issue "meddling" statements. He reminded the alleged US involvement in the coup of April 11, 2002.
Furthermore, Jaua rejected the fact that Governor of Miranda state Henrique Capriles was in New York "plotting to destabilize Venezuela."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.