The Venezuelan mission to the UN denounced that ambassador Rafael Ramirez and his family suffered an attack in New York, and attributed the incident to the “violent character” of the opposition in the country.

Several media outlets have published in the last few hours videos that show part of the confrontation
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Venezuela’s UN mission denounced on Monday that ambassador Rafael Ramirez and his family suffered an assault on Sunday in New York, and attributed the incident to the “violent character” of the opposition in the country.

In a statement, the Venezuelan representative said that Ramirez and his family suffered “an aggression” and assured that the diplomat “faced him along with his family” in “defense of the children who accompanied him”, aged between eight months And 15 years.

The attackers were identified as Tatiana Low and Gabriel Manzano, the latter of Venezuelan nationality, who holds a high position in the private financial sector, specifically at Citibank, “the mission said in a statement.

“New York City police have acted at the request of Ambassador Rafael Ramirez, in addition to the US Department of State, both responsible for the safety of diplomats in the United States,” he added.

Several media outlets have posted videos of the confrontation in a well-known Brooklyn restaurant in the last few hours.

These are heard, among other things, a man addressing Ramirez saying that “ninety Venezuelans died in Venezuela for people like you”, and the word “murderer” is shouted.

“This aggression against Rafael Ramírez and his family is further evidence of the violent nature and political intolerance of opposition sectors in the country,” said the statement from the Venezuelan UN mission.

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