Is a Coup Taking Place Today in Venezuela?

Juan Guaidó says he is inside a military base in Venezuela’s capital. Photograph: PeriscopeCo / The Guardian

HAVANA TIMES – Venezuela’s self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido says the “final phase” of a plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro has begun, reported dpa news.

Guaido made the announcement on Tuesday alongside opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and members of the armed forces in a video posted on Twitter.

“The people of Venezuela have initiated the end of the usurpation,”

he said in a subsequent Twitter post. “At this moment I am meeting with the main military units of our armed forces, beginning the final phase of Operation Freedom.”

Leopoldo Lopez, who has been under house arrest, near Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda Airbase in Caracas on April 30.  Photographer- Daniel BlancoAnadolu Agency via Getty Images

Lopez, who has been under house arrest since July 2017, said in a Twitter post that he had been rescued by the military and called on all Venezuelans to take to the streets in peaceful protests.

Guaido claimed to be at the La Carlota airbase in Caracas and called on his supporters to gather there. Video footage showed civilians, soldiers and politicians on the streets.

The Venezuelan government released a statement saying it was putting down a “coup d’etat.”

“We are currently confronting and deactivating a small group of traitorous military personnel who [are conducting] a coup d’etat against the constitution and the peace of the republic,” it said, adding that the “murderous ultra-right” were behind the rebellion.

3 thoughts on “Is a Coup Taking Place Today in Venezuela?

  • May 1, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Wow greed is such a powerful, dangerous thing, just to control , oil, gold and trade you would demolish a whole country, using putting a unwanted government as the plot, if it’s elected underhandedly why not ask or remove it with no one in that position no one, then allow the country to setup and have elactions then you would have a full elected government but your American way is only putting one dictator out another who you have chosen in, it’s so sad that you can control the world like that and it’s acceptable that what makes more scary, can you imagine that happening in the USA because what goes around……….. eventually.

  • April 30, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    I agree with the previous post; let’s hope Maduro and his people understand this is the moment to leave or fully cooperate with a transition government instead of using violence to try to stay in power. Venezuela does not need hundred or thousands of deaths to open the door for proper elections; humanitarian support; and proper reforms to re-start the economy and wealth creation. Unfortunately; I am not optimist about Maduro and his people doing the right thing. their love for power (and to protect their own illgoten wealth) is too strong (and their advisors believe in resistance; despite that there is no future for Venezuela and its people under Maduro).

  • April 30, 2019 at 10:58 am

    All that we as observers can do is to hope that few Venezuelans are injured and that a transfer of power takes place ousting Maduro and permitting Venezuela to return to democratically elected government. One notes with interest the report that Maduro has asked his supporters to surround his palace in support (no mention of it being a wall of defence).

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