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    Maduro supporters demonstrating through the streets of Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 January 2019
Opinion

Supporters of President Maduro and parts of the opposition were marching Wednesday Jan 23, a date that marks the 61st anniversary of the end of Marcos Perez Jimenez' dictatorship.

This Wednesday, thousands of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro and some on the opposition were marching on the date that commemorates 61 years from the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez. 

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According to official information provided by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Chavista supporters were gathering with the aim of defending the country’s sovereignty in the face of destabilizing attacks launched by right-wing groups at the national and international level. Supporters also called Maduro the legitimately-elected president of a "peaceful people.": 

An example of a domestic attack came recently with the burning of a statue dedicated to the late former President Hugo Chavez in Felix, Bolivar State.

The opposition protest was called by lawmaker Juan Guaido for Wednesday. Guaido has been active in attempting to delegitimize the democratically-elected government

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez Tuesday forcefully condemned U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for "openly calling for a coup d'état in Venezuela" after Pence issued a video message of support to the Venezuelan opposition to encourage those who are protesting against President Nicolas Maduro.

Rodriguez also rejected overt U.S. backing for opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, the self-appointed head of the suspended National Assembly. 

"Because Mr. Pence doesn't have a job, now he wants to come and run Venezuela, handing out instructions on what should happen in Venezuela tomorrow," Rodriguez said in a press in a short statement following Pence's interventionist message. 

Furthermore, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign Secretary Dr. Francisco Dominguez was quoted as saying, "This is an outrageous violation of international law and an unacceptable interference into the affairs of a sovereign nation plus a grotesque aggression by openly calling on Venezuelans to rise up to oust the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro."

“Yankee, go home, was the resounding message sent by the Foreign Minister to the U.S. leader.

“We're not going to allow you to intrude on issues of the country of Bolivar and the country of Hugo Chavez."

Dr. Dominguez' claim that the U.S. has "had its fingerprints" all over the various coup d'etat's in the past were backed-up by U.K. MP Chris Williamson's arguments that "the spectacle of Mike Pence pontificating about 'freedom' deserves nothing but derision. The truth is the US has persistently suppressed freedom in Latin America and VP Pence's menacing rhetoric against Venezuela is the latest manifestation." 

Additionally, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone tweeted, "It is clear Trump & co are working for illegal 'regime change' in Venezuela. The history of US backed right-wing coups in Latin America must not be forgotten."

The protests in Venezuela began after the Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela thwarted an attempted attack on their facilities in Caracas.

The assailants "moved on two military vehicles, then broke into the headquarters of the urban security outpost located in the town of Petare, Sucre, removing a cache of weapons of war and kidnapping, under threat of death, two officers and two national guard members of the aforementioned outpost."

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