Venezuela Unrest: Is the US Involved?

by backing right-wing groups to oust an elected government?

Democracy Now

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

HAVANA TIMES – In Venezuela, at least six people have died in recent days during a series of anti-government protests. The latest casualty was a local beauty queen died of a gunshot wound. The protests come less than a year after the death of Hugo Chávez and present the biggest challenge to Venezuela’s new president Nicolás Maduro.

Earlier this week, right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo López turned himself in to the National Guard after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest last week, accusing him of inciting deadly clashes.

On Monday, Maduro ordered the expulsion of three U.S. consular officials while claiming the United States has sided with the opposition.

Our guest, George Ciccariello-Maher, looks at the recent history of the U.S. role in Venezuela opposing both the Chávez and Maduro governments. He is author of “We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution” and teaches political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

32 thoughts on “Venezuela Unrest: Is the US Involved?

  • February 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Why does it have to be one or the other. The US helps finance the relatively mainstream opposition and in the past at least has tried to destabilise the country through setting up smaller opposition groups that wouldn’t have existed otherwise. We were discussing the latter if you had bothered to read the thread before commenting. There were other facets to the program including “Penetrate Base/Divide Chavismo” and “Isolate Chavez Internationally”.

  • February 25, 2014 at 5:36 am

    The death toll is now rising, including victims on both sides. It’s not clear who killed some of the victims, but it appears some opposition protesters are now fighting back. Opposition leaders are emphatically calling for non-violence.

    However, the killings began when armed members of the pro-government Colectivos showed up at a protest and while the National Guard stood by and watched the Colectivos thugs began shooting at the protesters.

    There are also credible reports of beatings, torture and rapes.of protesters carried out by the pro-government goons.

    By the way, I get my information from Venezuelan blogs such as Caracas Chronicals. I don’t watch US TV news.

  • February 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Venezuela analysis is a Venezuelan government tool. It doesn’t even provide accurate reporting. You consciously blind your self to the truth. Go to other sources outside the U as if you will. Even China and Russia news sources are providing better coverage than your sources who so obviously look to bend the news to fit their world view and story line.

    Hey JG, no AI predictions today?

  • February 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    So 50% of the Venezuelan population is fanatical?

  • February 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    And of course you can point to successful socialist systems in the past to back up your claims. …no? I didn’t think so.

  • February 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Can’t have it both ways. Either the US is in support of Henri Capriles and Leopoldo Lopez, both ‘mainstream’ or we are sending CIA operatives to Venezuela to enroll as college students who will later lead street protests. Pick one.

  • February 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Yes, we are, because the US has revealed itself as a tyrant. Destabilising countries for pure economic gain.

  • February 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I didn’t label all the opposition ‘fanatical’. I wouldn’t have thought that “we helped create” refers to the mainstream opposition. If it does then it doesn’t say much for them. It is more likely to be referring to small groups who can disrupt and destabilise but have no hope of being elected. This is a tried and tested method that has been used in many countries before.

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