Daniel Halliday
Jan 30 · Last update 15 days ago.
Does US action in Venezuela constitute a coup?
Following Juan Guaidó declaring himself interim President of Venezuela US senator Mike Pompeo was quick to announce support for civil unrest in Venezuela and most countries and mainstream media outlets seem to support Guaidó’s challenge to Nicolas Maduro. Despite this Mexico, China, Russia, Turkey, Cuba, and Bolivia amongst others, with the Guardian and other alternative media voices have claimed this to be a coup orchestrated or at least supported by the US. Can a difference of opinion account for such a difference in view here or are the US attempting a coup in Venezuela? theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/28/venezuela-coup-trump-juan-guaido edition.cnn.com/2019/01/29/americas/venezuela-geopolitical-battle-intl/index.html
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Yes, widely recognised as a coup

There are certainly many inherent problems in the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, but the surprise and seemingly coordinated announcements by Juan Guaido of the Venezuelan National Assembly and the US Government urging Maduro to step down seems at least suspicious, considering the relatively unknown Guaido’s US connections. According to the recent Monitor País study carried out by Venezuelan polling company Hinterlaces, 81% of Venezuelan’s did not know who Juan Guaido was, so to argue that his announcement is any more democratic than the current government is particularly absurd. Furthermore the US’ appointment of Elliot Abrams as special envoy for Venezuela, considering he was a supporter of various dictators and massacres across Latin America and was convicted of withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra Scandal, is further evidence of the US' true intentions here. As Nicolas Maduro still has support of the military in the country, the US should be treading very carefully, seeking diplomacy over aggressive foreign policy.