Venezuelan congress leader briefly detained amid standoff | Caribbean


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The new head of Venezuela’s increasingly defiant congress was pulled from his vehicle and briefly detained by police today, a day after the U.S. backed him assuming the presidency as a way out of the country’s deepening crisis.

The confusing incident is bound to ramp up tensions between the opposition and government following President Nicolas Maduro’s swearing in for a controversial second term this month.

A video circulating on social media purports to show the moment in which Juan Guaido is intercepted on his way to an anti-government “Citizens’ Meeting” in the port city of La Guaira.

In the video shot on a cellphone by a motorist stuck in traffic, several men in ski masks and carrying assault weapons are seen struggling to shut the door on someone being…

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