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Gideon Long in Caracas

In dramatic scenes this week, Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó tried to climb into the grounds of congress over a set of spiked iron railings, only to be hauled down by police officers, his blue suit ripped from waist to shoulder.

Mr Guaidó wanted to seek re-election as president of the National Assembly, or congress — the only democratically elected institution in the country — but was blocked from entering by police and armed forces. Inside the gold-domed building, some of Mr Guaidó’s legislators traded punches with their opponents. After a chaotic vote that broke with protocol, Luis Parra was sworn in as the new head of congress, with the backing of President Nicolás Maduro’s Socialist legislators.