Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido took to the streets Tuesday alongside fellow activists and some members of the military in protest of Nicolas Maduro’s socialist regime; raising new questions over the future of the once oil-rich nation.
“Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro,” reports the Associated Press.
“I want to tell the Venezuelan people: This is the moment to take to the streets and accompany these patriotic soldiers,” said Lopez. “Everyone should come to the streets, in peace.”
“It’s now or never,” said a recently defected soldier.
Maduro has routinely blamed his government’s total failure on the United States; claiming President Trump has launched “electronic warfare” against Venezuela.
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BOLTON ON VENEZUELA: White House Working Towards First ‘Completely Free Hemisphere’ in Human History
National Security Advisor John Bolton outlined the President’s bold vision on foreign policy this week; saying the White House hopes to see the first “completely free hemisphere” in human history.
“I think many U.S. allies in this region, in this hemisphere, those closest to us, welcome the U.S. leadership here under President Trump to keep foreign powers from extending their influence, particularly in Venezuela, which is what I was referring to when I said the Monroe Doctrine is alive and well. It’s intended to throw a shield around the hemisphere,” Bolton said.
“It’s worked for a long time, and I think it’s an important doctrine to keep in mind as we work for the objective that President Trump seeks here, which is the first completely free hemisphere in human history. We’re not embarrassed by that,” he added.
BREAKING NOW: President Trump Recognizes Opposition Leader as ‘Interim President’ of Venezuela
President Donald Trump officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim President of Venezuela Wednesday; raising the stakes in the United States fierce opposition to socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
“In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country’s constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant,” Trump said in a statement. “The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.”
“Shortly before Trump’s statement, Guaido said in a webcast from a protest in Caracas that he would assume the powers of the Venezuela presidency. He invoked a constitutional amendment that allows for the head of the legislature to lead a caretaker government until new elections can be held,” writes Bloomberg
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