Venezuela: tension mounts

Submitted by SJW on 9 April, 2019 - 12:42 Author: Eduardo Tovar

On 2 April, the government-held Constituent Assembly in Venezuela, the parallel legislature created in 2017, stripped National-Assembly-backed, self-declared interim President Juan Guaidó of his parliamentary immunity.

The Supreme Court, whose judges are loyal to the incumbent President Nicolás Maduro, had asked the Constituent Assembly to lift Guaidó’s immunity following his defiance of a travel ban upon him. Reportedly, Constituent Assembly members responded to the question “What do you do with traitors?" with shouts of “¡Al paredón!” (“To the execution wall!”).

Russian troops come to Venezuela

Submitted by AWL on 3 April, 2019 - 12:38 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Russian troops

Over nine weeks have passed since Juan Guaidó, backed by the National Assembly, declared himself interim President of Venezuela on 24 January 2019, challenging the incumbent President Nicolás Maduro.

Guaidó continues to enjoy support from the US, Colombia, Brazil, and other states, but admits that a change in government cannot occur without the backing of the Venezuelan armed forces.

Venezuela: still in the balance

Submitted by martin on 20 March, 2019 - 2:08 Author: Eduardo Tovar
People collecting water, Venezuela

Caption: people collect water from a leaking pipeline

Nearly two months after Juan Guaidó, with the support of the National Assembly, declared himself an alternative president of Venezuela on 23 January, incumbent Nicolas Maduro has declared victory over his US-backed challenger.

Maduro praised the armed forces for remaining loyal to him and defeating the “coup”. But the claim came amidst mass blackouts that began on Thursday 7 March, affecting at least 18 of the country’s 23 states.

Venezuela: barricades at the borders

Submitted by AWL on 13 February, 2019 - 10:44 Author: Eduardo Tovar
aid at the border

Three weeks after Juan Guaidó declared himself president of Venezuela, on 23 January, neither Guaidó nor the sitting president, Nicolás Maduro, shows any sign of backing down.

On Thursday 7 February, a convoy of lorries carrying humanitarian aid reached the Tienditas international bridge on the Venezuela-Colombia border. Venezuelan troops barricaded the bridge with two shipping containers and a fuel tanker.

Venezuela: risk of invasion

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2019 - 12:39 Author: Eduardo Tovar

Over the weekend 2-3 February, thousands of protestors gathered in rival demonstrations on the streets of Venezuela’s capital, Caracas.

Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim President on 23 January, remains committed to forcing out Nicolás Maduro. Guaidó has announced further opposition rallies for Wednesday 6 February and Saturday 9 February. The latter date is the last day of the ultimatum to Maduro set by several leading European states, including France.

The “soft coup” in Venezuela

Submitted by AWL on 30 January, 2019 - 12:21 Author: Eduardo Tovar

On 23 January 2019, Juan Guaidó, member of Voluntad Popular and leader of the opposition, declared himself Venezuela’s interim President.

Thousands have taken to the streets, to support Guaidó or to oppose him and back incumbent President Nicolás Maduro. The US, Canada, Brazil, and the UK, and others have recognised as Guaidó as president. Maduro has severed diplomatic relations with the US; Russia and China continue to support him.

Venezuela: US-backed opposition leader declares himself President

Submitted by cathy n on 24 January, 2019 - 11:00 Author: By Dan Davison, Cambridge UCU activist (pc)
juan guaido

On 23 January 2019, Juan Guaidó, member of Popular Will (Voluntad Popular) and leader of the opposition in Venezuela, declared himself the country’s interim President. The governments of several states, including the US, Canada, and Argentina, have already recognised Guaidó’s Presidency. The ostensibly ousted President Nicolás Maduro urges resistance to this power grab and has given all US diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela.

Venezuela, the Morning Star, and the facts

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2019 - 11:38 Author: Jim Denham
Maduro and military

“Despite being elected with over two thirds of the vote last May in an election given a clean bill of health by hundreds of international observers…” began the Morning Star’s editorial on 12 January, under the headline: “Venezuela is under siege – it needs our solidarity.”

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