Juan Guaido says he is ready to be
imprisoned by the autocratic regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. He
also prepared contingency plans for supporters so that they can continue their
fight against Maduro:
“In the event that they want to, or
try to, kidnap me, which they can do without a doubt, there is a complete
strategy ready to continue with leadership, but also to intensify pressure,’’
During an interview, Guaido shared
his opinion that an arrest would only serve to unify the opposition and increase
pressure from the local and international political fronts.
For Guiado, that would constitute
Maduro’s “Final Act”.
Being the head of the
opposition-dominated National Assembly, Venezuelan law entitled Guaido immunity
However, Maduro created a so-called
Constituent Assembly of socialist-party loyalists in order to bypass that
Recently, Guaido lost his immunity
because he defied a travel ban to go to Latin American countries to support the
call for a regime change in Venezuela.
Last February, Guaido traveled to
Colombia to meet with heads of state to earn international support to his
advocacy. Despite the possibility of
arrest, he still went back to Venezuela and continued protest activities.
Authorities are determined to bring
Guaido and his allies down.
Last March, intelligence
police arrested Roberto Marrero, Guaido’s chief of staff, accusing him leading
a “terrorist cell.’’
Maduro’s party have driven prominent
detractors into exile, including Leopoldo Lopez, Guaido’s political mentor, who
was sentenced to almost 14 years in prison after launching a series of
demonstrations. He is now under house
arrest with orders to stay quiet.
Although Guaido is fully aware that
he can be arrested anytime, he said he was still coming to terms with what
might happen to him in prison. The
regime has been accused of human-rights violations that include torture and
“I’ve had to see evil up close,”
Guaido said. “But nothing can prepare you for being kidnapped, killed or
watching your family suffer.”