Venezuela's Guaido heads home as arrest looms

Mar 04, 2019, 7:04 AM EST
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido defied a court order banning him from foreign travel.
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who defied a court order banning him from foreign travel, plans to return home on Monday after a visit to Latin American nations that are backing his campaign to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido faces arrest for violating the court-imposed travel ban and his detention could further escalate his faceoff with Maduro, notes Reuters.

While the arrest may benefit the opposition leader by further exposing the heavy-handedness of an authoritative Venezuelan regime, it could also leave the opposition without the chief architect of the resistance, who has shaken Maduro by uniting the fragmented dissenters.

The European Union has warned Maduro against arresting Guaido, saying that such a move would draw firm condemnation from the international community, writes Deutsche Welle.