Maduro Shuts Down Venezuelan Eatery Right After It Hosted Opposition Candidate

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on November 30, 2022. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP) (Photo by YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

The Chavismo regime of Nicolás Maduro closed a small restaurant in the state of Apure on Wednesday after its owners posed for a photo opportunity with opposition leader María Corina Machado, according to a report published by Argentine news agency Infobae.

Machado was received in the plains state this Wednesday morning by a large crowd, and, in the middle of her journey, she decided to stop at a small empanada shop located in Corozo Pando, Vía San Fernando.

The two owners did not hesitate to show their emotion, and proudly documented the meeting online.

In the images, the famed opposition leader is seen taking a tour of the restaurant, while remembering having eaten at that place some time ago. The two women who owned the restaurant hugged Machado, and wished her strength to continue with her campaign, and took a photo.

Moments later, when Machado had already left the area, officers from the National Integrated Customs and Tax Administration Service (SENIAT) appeared to close the site for “not having the papers in order.”