March 4, 2019 / 1:25 AM / 3 months ago

Venezuela's Guaido says he will return home on Monday to lead protests

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, poses for a picture with supporters while leaving a hotel in Salinas, Ecuador March 3, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Tapia

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he would return to Venezuela on Monday to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro, running the risk that authorities arrest him given he flouted a travel ban to leave the country last week.

Guaido, who is recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state by most Western countries, said during a broadcast on Twitter on Sunday it would be a “historic challenge” to return.

“If the regime dares, of course, to kidnap us, it will be the last mistake they make,” he said, without indicating where he was speaking from.

Reporting by Angus Berwick and Vivian Sequera; Editing by Peter Cooney

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