The United States and a handful of other countries are in the process of staging a coup d’etat in Venezuela that threatens the stability of the entire region.
The U.S. is joined by the European Union and the Lima Group in backing Juan Guaidó as the president of Venezuela, while Russia, Turkey, China, Cuba, and Bolivia all still support sitting president Nicolás Maduro.
Vice President Mike Pence released a video addressed to the people of Venezuela expressing support for their cause on behalf of the American people which had gone viral.
Shortly after the release of Pence’s video, Guaidó made a public statement declaring himself the rightful president of Venezuela.
“I swear to assume all the powers of the national executive as interim president of Venezuela, to secure an end of the usurpation and a treasonous government, and to have free elections. If it is to be, let God and country reward us; and if not, let God and country demand it.” — Guaidó
In response, Maduro broke all diplomatic ties with the United States and ordered all U.S. diplomats to leav
Shortly after the release of the video, Maduro severed all diplomatic ties with the U.S. and ordered all U.S. diplomats and consuls to leave the country within 72 hours, an order the U.S. government refused.
All of this began after Guaidó secured his position on the National Assembly — roughly the U.S. equivalent of the House speakership.
After securing the position, Guaidó began to lead a movement decrying Maduro as a usurper.
Soon after his election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement denouncing Maduro’s presidency.
“The United States does not recognize Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro’s illegitimate claim to power.” — Pompeo
The United States has a long and bloody history of interventionism in South America, and each of our ventures on that continent have proved disastrous, both for us and for the countries we were supposedly helping.
In fact, the so-called “immigration crisis” at the southern border is largely caused by the coups the U.S. staged in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras — the countries from which most refugees and asylum seekers are fleeing.
Should the U.S. and its co-conspirators succeed in deposing Maduro, it will surely have repercussions that will reach far into the future.