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Guaido aide arrested in Venezuela as regime defies

Defying US warnings, President Nicolas Maduro s regime on Thursday arrested a top aide of opposition leader Juan Guaido, who Washington recognizes as Venezuela s interim leader. Guaido and the opposition-ruled National Assembly denounced the arrest of Roberto Marrero, charging on Twitter that he was taken from his home during a pre-dawn raid by intelligence officers. The United States has repeatedly warned Venezuelan Maduro against arresting Guaido or his aides. The United States and a grouping of Latin American nations plus Canada vigorously condemned the arrest and demanded Marrero s release. They have grabbed Roberto Marrero, my chief of staff. He yelled out that they planted two rifles and a grenade as a pretext for the arrest, Guaido tweeted. The raid happened at around 2:00 am (0600 GMT). We don t know his whereabouts. He must be released immediately. He later told a news conference that we won t be intimidated by the vile, vulgar kidnapping. Maduro and Guaido both claim

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