The opposition leader Juan Guaidó starred on Tuesday a tumultuous return to Venezuela in which he received aggressions from a large group of Chavista at the Caracas airport, without this preventing hours later making a call to resume protests against the Government from Nicolás Maduro.
“The pressure mechanisms will increase. However controversial they will continue to increase,” said the opponent in front of dozens of deputies who recognize him as president of Parliament, two hours after his arrival in Venezuela after a 23-day international tour .
Guaidó asked Venezuelans not to get used to Maduro’s “dictatorship” and in that sense he urged them to resume street protests against the Executive that in past years have become violent and have left dozens of deaths.
For this, he explained, it is necessary “the union” of all political leaders and that sectors such as unions or students claim in the streets the onslaught of the crisis in the South American country.
“We have to make ourselves felt in all spaces … that is the determining factor to achieve victory,” he said.
The 36-year-old politician arrived in Venezuela around 5 pm local time (9 pm GMT) from Lisbon, Portugal.
THEY RECEIVE HITS
As soon as he left the air terminal, about 200 people punched Guaidó and beat him with blunt objects, also his wife, Fabiana Rosales, as well as several opposition deputies who came to receive him.
Several journalists were also forcefully assaulted and robbed by the Chavista group in front of dozens of agents of the Bolivarian National Police (GNP) and the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, militarized police), who did not prevent these acts.
Minutes after leaving for the arrivals hall, he was beaten for several minutes until he left the place amidst shoving in a sturdy and gray vehicle.
Later, from the well-off sector of Caracas in Chacao, Guaidó recriminated the aggressions he suffered from “irregular groups” and “with the complicit look of State agencies.”
“It’s a cowardly dictatorship … because they don’t accept their destiny. Coward Nicolás that you don’t face, not me that we defeated you a long time ago, but the people who want to get you out of there once,” he said.
BACK TO PARLIAMENT
The opposition leader convened a parliamentary session for Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. GMT although he did not explain if they will try to enter the Federal Legislative Palace again, the seat of Parliament that currently controls a small group of opposition dissidents chaired by Deputy Luis Parra.
In the last three weeks, while Guaidó was received as president in countries such as the United States or France, the opposition majority that recognizes him as leader of the chamber could not access the parliamentary headquarters due to impediment of the public force and the so-called “collective” , groups of civilians frequently armed similar to Chavismo.
Guaidó said that in his tour he got the “commitment of several (organizations) multilateral” for the creation of the “Venezuela Fund for the recovery of the country” that will be launched “once the transition begins”, that is, if it gets to put end to the Chavista government.
Nearly one hundred Chavismo supporters, some identified as workers of the state airline Conviasa, recently sanctioned by the Donald Trump government, and others, the majority, wearing T-shirts of the PSUV official or the late President Hugo Chavez, concentrated hours before at the arrival gate of the terminal and shouted slogans against Guaidó.
With phrases “like Guaidó, pro-imperialist fascist” or “outside the right, the country is respected,” the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro crammed the terminal spaces and even clashed with the opposition deputies present.
Some showed posters where the messages “Guaidó, damn jalabola (flatterer) of the gringos” or “Guaidó, marico” could be read, a word used in Venezuela to refer disparagingly to homosexuals.
The deputies, on the other hand, faced problems arriving at the terminal after the bus they were traveling in was held by a police cordon.
Several of the legislators then decided to walk a long way to get to the airport and show their support for Guaidó.
MATURE DIVES THE THEME
Meanwhile, Maduro led an act with carriers that was broadcast on the state VTV channel in which he did not refer directly to the return of Guaidó, who weighs a ban on leaving the country that has already violated twice.
“Do not waste time, do not let yourself be distracted in stupidities, in bobolongos, in traitors to the homeland. Let us concentrate our effort in defending Venezuela, in defending the country and in building it towards the future,” said the president minutes after the arrival of the opponent.