Opposition leader Guaido returns to Venezuela after tour

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido arriving at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia Venezuela

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido arriving at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia Venezuela

Opposition leader Juan Guaido waves to supporters as he arrives for a rally at Bolivar plaza in Chacao, a municipality of Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.

Juan Jose Marquez, who was with Guaido on his return to Venezuela on Tuesday after a three-week global tour, passed "migration normally, and as he was about to leave. he was held for an alleged Seniat review", Guaido's press team wrote on Twitter.

"I'm bringing with me the commitment of the free world willing to help us recover democracy and Freedom", Guaido said on Twitter.

Shortly before his arrival, fighting broke out between his followers - including several lawmakers - and Maduro's supporters.

A visibly shaken Mr Guaido had his shirt torn in the scuffles that broke out after his return to the country after seeking worldwide support for his bid to be crowned president of Venezuela.

Videos circulating on social media appear to show Guaido sprayed with soda by an airline worker. He didn't directly mention Guaido or the opposition leader's return.

Maduro calls Guaido a U.S-backed puppet who seeks to oust him in a coup.

Guaido returned on Tuesday from a three-week worldwide tour that took him to the US, Canada, Colombia and Europe.

Trump and Guaido

He was returning from an worldwide tour, where he rallied support against Maduro officials and met with President Trump.

"Let's not get distracted by stupidities, by dummies, by traitors to the homeland", he said at a ceremony broadcast on state television.

An ally of President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that officials have detained the uncle of opposition leader Juan Guaido, accusing him of trying to smuggle "dangerous materials" including explosives into Venezuela. Authorities didn't stop Guaido, who left the country in defiance of a travel ban imposed by Maduro's government.

Maduro retains the support of Venezuela's powerful military and has resisted Guaido's challenge, even as the United States ramps up the pressure.

In public comments overseas, Guaido urged foreign leaders to increase their support for Venezuelans who are trying to shrug off two decades of socialist rule that have left the country broken, with millions emigrating as public services like water and electricity have become a luxury.

Diosdado Cabello, the socialist party's chief, said in his weekly TV programme on Wednesday night that Mr Guaido's uncle had been detained for allegedly carrying small amounts of C-4 explosives and two bulletproof jackets.

But Guaido tweeted Tuesday: "A new moment has begun that won't accept setbacks and in which we need everyone to do what they have to do".

"Today more than ever we have to make our presence known", Guaido said. "Look out for new announcements".

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