Legislators of the opposition-controlled National Assembly were prevented from starting work on May 14 as an alleged bomb threat led to the building being sealed off by members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) and the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin). Among other issues on the agenda for that day, deputies had planned to discuss responses to the arrest of Congressman Edgar Zambrano.
President of the National Assembly (AN) Juan Guaidó, said “they [the Maduro government] are trying to seize the Legislature, while the dictator Maduro barricades himself in the Palace of Miraflores [home to the Executive branch]”. Other opposition deputies dismissed the bomb threat a pretext to impede parliamentary activity. Diosdado Cabello, president of the Constituent National Assembly, stated however that the threat was real and that security forces had been deployed to protect the legislators from harm.