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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido warned the authorities to stay away from his family Thursday after a tense brush with officers from a feared state security unit.
A visibly flustered but determined Guaido told a crowd that members of a special police unit known for its brutal tactics had shown up outside his family home while his young daughter was inside.
Guaido said they started asking for his wife, who owns the unit that he had been living in until recently when he began changing locations as a security safeguard amidst the unrest.
"Because we have nothing to fear, is why we are here doing the right thing," the 35-year-old lawmaker said, his wife standing beside him.
He warned the security forces not to cross a red line. "The family is sacred", he said.
Neighbours described how they gathered in protest, prompting the police unit to withdraw.