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Gideon Long in Caracas

He has declared himself interim president, called for an armed uprising to topple the government and ignored travel bans barring him leaving the country. In any normal country, such actions would probably have led to arrest and prosecution, but in Venezuela, Juan Guaidó remains free.

Ever since the Venezuelan opposition leader launched his bold challenge to President Nicolás Maduro in January by taking a self-administered presidential oath on the streets of Caracas with the backing of the US and other countries, the government has made veiled threats to detain him.