first published on April 30, 2019 by Will
An attempted coup is underway in Venezuela and was announced by opposition leader Juan Guaido in a video as he stood in front of Venezuelan armed forces troops and armored vehicles.
CNN reported shots fired in the vicinity of Caracas air base, where Guaido gave his speech. It’s not clear at this time if the gunfire was the result of armed confrontation or celebratory fire.
Opposition leader Guaido is backed by the United States as he attempts to remove the dictator Nicolas Maduro from power. The Venezuelan people have suffered under Maduro’s socialist policies through total economic collapse resulting in food and water shortages.
“For many years, we have talked to the armed forces, and today it’s clear to us that the armed forces are with the Venezuelan people who are not with a dictator,” Guaido said as he urged the people to take to the streets in protest.
Embattled President Maduro, who is backed by the Russian and Chinese governments responded to the coup announcement in a Tweet claiming, “… I call for maximum popular mobilization to ensure the victory of peace. We will win!”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced, “We support the people of Venezuela we’re sad that they have been starved by Maduro. They’ve been denied food and medicine and basic humanitarian needs having been met. The United States has gotten supplies there to them. Sometimes those have been obstructed or burnt. But we stand with the people of Venezuela and we stand with Juan Guaido.”
In addition to Conway, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both announced their support for the coup that is being called Operación Libertad or Operation Liberty. However, no announcement has been made on the US military’s potential involvement in the regime change.