Daniel Halliday
Jan 30 · Last update 4 mo. 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, but the situation goes even further than just coup attempt
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No, the US are supporting the end of a socialist dictatorship
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Yes, widely recognised as a coup
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Yes, but the situation goes even further than just coup attempt

This coup attempt pales in comparison to the larger neo-colonial strategy employed by the United States to destabilise Venezuela. Juan Guaido’s swearing himself in as interim president is just the latest event in a long economic warfare waged by the US on Venezuela, which some have described as an example of “siege warfare”, a crime against humanity under the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Following the first UN visit to Venezuela for 21 years, United Nation's lawyer and human rights expert Alfred de Zayas has criticised the whole situation in Venezuela, blaming US sanctions and calling for an investigation into possible crimes against humanity perpetrated by the United States. irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/former-un-rapporteur-us-sanctions-against-venezuela-causing-economic-and-humanitarian-crisis-900603.html kurtnimmo.blog/2018/11/09/mike-pompeo-psychopath

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No, the US are supporting the end of a socialist dictatorship

The actions of the United States in regards to Venezuela are to support a peaceful civil uprising in Venezuela against a regime that has degraded democracy to such an extent is has become a socialist dictatorship. Following the widely disputed 2018 election, the National Assembly of Venezuela declared Maduro’s government unconstitutional, however in the true style of autocracy Maduro refused to step down and accused the US and opposition leader Juan Guido of orchestrating a coup d’état. Alternative news narratives have picked up on this, and the opinion that this is in fact a coup remains a view of some fringe media sources. The mainstream media have widely recognised the validity of the National Assembly’s decision in Venezuela, as have the majority of American and European countries. euronews.com/2019/02/18/i-m-ready-to-die-for-my-country-s-future-juan-guaido-tells-euronews

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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.

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