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.”

Threat of US-backed coup as Venezuela crisis deepens

Submitted by SJW on 11 September, 2018 - 9:26 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Venezuelan opposition demonstrate

Amid economic crisis and civil unrest in Venezuela, the New York Times reported on 8 September 2018 that the Trump administration has been in secret talks with Venezuelan military officers to stage a coup against President Nicolás Maduro.

This follows Trump’s indications in August last year of a ‘military option’ for Venezuela.

Bolivarianism and Bonapartism

Submitted by SJW on 5 July, 2018 - 6:01 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Chavez and Bolivar

El Cinco de Julio (July 5) is Venezuelan Independence Day. It marks the day in 1811 when a congress of Venezuelan provinces declared Venezuela’s separation from the Spanish Crown. In doing so, Venezuela became the first Spanish American colony to declare independence. For most Venezuelans, this is a day to commemorate not only the initial signatories to the Declaration of Independence, but also the major figures in the broader fight for national liberation from Spanish rule. Chief amongst these is Simón Bolívar, popularly known as El Libertador.

Venezuela: workers’ Third Camp needed

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 7:32 Author: Pablo Velasco
Nicolas Maduro

Nicolás Maduro, the successor to Hugo Chávez, won the Venezuelan presidential election on 20 May – a result that offers little for workers in Venezuela or elsewhere in Latin America.
Maduro received two-thirds (67%) of the vote, defeating rivals Henri Falcón (21%), Javier Bertucci (10%) and Reinaldo Quijada (<1%), with turnout less than 50%.

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