Venezuela: a coup?

sato's picture

The problem with VENEZUELA - VisualPolitik EN

OK the US et al got on board way too quick but still if you set up a new government because you didn't like the old one, you're a dictator and that is already a coup.

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danmanjones's picture

this video is trash, I couldn't make it past 3 mins.

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since Maduro got to power by violating the constitution

Maduro was elected, there was no violation of the constitution in the election. The constutution also has no clause where the prez of the NA can declare himself as president. The opposition boycotted the election & have been waiting for this nobody Guaido to become prez of NA to carry out this coup.

 

A coup doesn't have to be violent either...it just typically is.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coup%20d'%C3%A9tat

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sato's picture

the important part is from 4:10.

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danmanjones's picture

it's pure disinfo, start to finish. He tries to make the case that it's not about oil ffs. His argument is that the US produces more than the Saudis atm. It's a ridiculous argument. The US wants to get Russia & China out of Venezuela.

 

He also played down the US recognizing Guaido immediately as somehow being related to giving a shit about democracy & that it wasn't pre-planned. The US has been cooking this up since the failed coup in 2002. Guaido is a Washington puppet, plain & simple. Nobody gives a shit about democracy. US supports 73% of the dictators in the world, including the worst ones.

 

He says "no serious country" recognized Maduro as presient... I guess Russia & China aren't "serious countries"?

 

This video should be titled "sketchy reasons to support another neocon regime-change".

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sato's picture

are you saying it's not true that maduro created a new parliament when the elected one got a majority, and switched all the power over to his new parliament?

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danmanjones's picture

Are you saying that the head of the National Assembly did not announce his intention to use the NA powers to overthrow Maduro in January 2016?

(a fact the video conveniently leaves out)

 

The Constitutional National Assembly was a step away from democracy & further polarized the country but it didn't happen because of the majority. Maduro had accepted the result of that election. The govt may have fucked with the super majority by getting rid of the 3 members, I dunno I haven't looked into it (can't find out their names). Stripping the NA was a move to counter the attempted coup by the opposition in control of the NA though. Since the CNA vote was biased & the opposition boycotted it things got more ugly since then.

 

What I dispute is "US et al got on board way too quick but..."

Framing this as the US simply reacting to events in Venezuela is ridiculous. The US State Dept has been trying to overthrow Chavez/Maduro since 1998. They went live in 2002 & it succeeded, for 2 weeks. The political situtaion in the country has been getting more & more polarized since then, with the US pulling the strings every step of the way. They were waiting for Lopez' prodige Guaido to become head of the NA so he could pull this latest move.

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