Nicolás Maduro

"We do not know his whereabouts": Venezuelan forces detain key opposition aide

Juan Guaido stands next to a car with the Venezuelan flag hanging above him.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images

Venezuelan security forces detained Roberto Marrero, a lawyer and key aide to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, on Thursday morning after raiding his home, per the AP.

The big picture: The U.S. has warned Maduro and the Venezuelan government to not take action against Guaidó, who is supported by over 50 countries in his bid to be Venezuela's president and is also being investigated by Venezuelan prosectors for an alleged attack on the country's power grid. Maduro, backed by allies Russia and Cuba, says Guaidó is part of a U.S. plan to overthrow his government.

Venezuela's Maduro regime says it's investigating Guaidó over blackouts

Juan Guaidó arrives at the National Assembly on Monday. Photo: Ronaldo Schmidt/AFP/Getty Image

Venezuela's attorney general has announced that National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by the U.S. and more than 50 other countries as the country's interim president, is under investigation for an alleged attack on Venezuela's power grid, per AP.

Why it matters: Venezuela has been hit by crippling power outages over the past five days. President Nicolás Maduro tried to blame the U.S. and is now targeting Guaidó, who remains free and whose safety is considered a red line by the Trump administration. Fears of escalation were already growing after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last night announced an evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Caracas.

Go deeper: Power outages across Venezuela have left Maduro wobbling

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