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

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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?

  • 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”.

  • 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.

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