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Guaidó lands back in Venezuela after world tour

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/12/20, 10:14 am

Cheers and jeers greeted Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó at the airport outside Caracas on Tuesday. He returned after a 23-day international tour that defied a travel ban imposed on him by disputed Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Guaidó, recognized as president by his supporters in Venezuela, the United States, and other Western nations, made stops in South America, Europe, and the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump honored him at last week’s State of the Union address.

Did he have any problems getting back in the country? There was some question as to whether Maduro would try to block his return, but Guaidó cruised through the immigration checkpoint without incident. Inside the terminal, a woman threw what appeared to be a soda can at him. He emerged from the airport wet but in good spirits. “I’m bringing with me the commitment of the free world willing to help us recover democracy and Freedom,” Guaidó tweeted.

Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s report on local pastors’ work amid the political chaos in Venezuela.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 11:05 pm

    First, I’m a little amazed Mr.  Guaidó is still alive. 

    But also, I’m rather surprised and dismayed that the people of Venezuela have not yet thrown Maduro and his party out. True, Maduro and the military have guns, while the people are disarmed, but I would think there would be military elements moved by the people’s misery, to change sides and tip the balance.