The United States and its right-wing allies in Latin America have come out in support of a right-wing coup attempt against the Venezuelan government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro after they supported a decision by opposition lawmaker, named Juan Guaido, to declare himself an “interim president” of Venezuela on Jan. 23 in violation of the country’s constitution.
Washington, Canada and members of the so-called Lima Group, which include Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, and others were quick to recognize Guaido as “interim president” with the government of Donald Trump and his advisors urging the country’s military to step in and rebel against Maduro. The military has repeatedly stated its full support for the Maduro government and rejected such calls as interventionist and a breach of the sovereignty of Venezuela.
In return, Maduro has repeatedly called for the restoration of talks between his government and the opposition in order to maintain peace and avoid a U.S.-backed coup, or even military intervention by the United States in favor of removing him and placing an unelected right-wing government.
Guiado and his allies Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his National Security advisor have so far responded to such calls by escalation and rejection of any dialogue. They continue to call for the military to intervene, while sources in the United States have revealed that Trump is “seriously considering” military intervention into Venezuela if Maduro does not step down.
To further the pressure, the United States imposed harsh economic sanction on the Venezuelan oil industry and its national oil company, while also blocking the bank accounts of the Venezuelan state in the United States, vowing to only remove such restrictions when Guiado achieves control of the state institutions.
Following the coup, the Venezuelan people and progressive countries in Latin America and the world had immediately shown their support and solidarity with the government in Venezuela against the assault on the Venezuelan sovereignty.
Mexico and Uruguay said they would be available to host talks between the government and the opposition. Russia and China warned the U.S. of any aggressive action against the country. Turkey and many Caribbean countries affirmed their recognition of President Maduro and the legitimacy of his mandate he constitutionally received after winning the May 20, 2018 presidential elections.
teleSUR's coverage analyzes the coup, the forces behind it, and the international reaction to it:
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teleSUR presents counter-arguments to dismantle the attacks by the U.S. and the so-called Lima Group who question the legitimacy of the May 20 elections and Maduro's new mandate.
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The United Nations' Chief Antonio Guterres has rejected efforts by Jaun Guaido seeking to recognize him as the "interim president" of Venezuela while also stressing that the international body would continue to diplomatically deal with the government of Nicolas Maduro. The U.N. has also rejected offers to take part in any working groups or organizations involved in the Venezuelan political sitiation.