opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turns himself in
to police last year: Are he
and his allies benefitting from U.S.
machinations logistically, financially and
in the global
Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington (La Jornada, Mexico)
Venezuelan opposition detests democracy, but the instructions coming from
Washington have lately forced it to shamelessly transition to repeated and
shameless attempts to topple the Bolivarian government in order to take
advantage of the best electoral system in the world, as defined by former U.S.
President Jimmy Carter. … An important element of the coup actions have been shortages created by big businesses that hoard or smuggle the subsidized basic basket of staple goods to Colombia, which they buy with dollars sold at preferential prices by the Venezuelan government. … With its embassies in
Caracas and Bogota, the U.S. is actively involved with planning these
On February 11 and 12 this year, Bolivarian security organs
aborted a coup attempt nicknamed Operation
Jericho which included armed attacks and air bombardment of a number of
strategic points in Caracas. The principals involved were arrested, among them
retired and active members of the military. Their statements and the
investigation of events led, after several days, to the arrest and indictment
of Antonio Ledezma,
the Mayor of Caracas. [video fourth from top, right].
About a year ago Leopoldo López was also arrested, who shortly before was in Miami and issued a call
to "speed the government's fall" and say "President NicolásMaduro must leave office
sooner rather than later … how can we wait six years? ... We cannot now assume an
attitude that befits a democratic system."
López is responsible for
initiating in January 2015 the destabilizing attempt La Salida
[The Exit], which quickly turned extremely violent costing the lives of 43
people, among them Chavista militants and members of
the security forces. The attackers were mercenaries among which were Colombian
paramilitaries - including snipers who murdered some of those killed.
I have witnessed a protest by outraged members of the
Caracas Committee for the Victims of Guarimbas
calling for the perpetrators of these violent acts to be brought to justice.
Ledezma is the very prototype of
the unscrupulous politician of the old party Democratic Action [AcciónDemocrática].
Like López, he participated in the aborted 2002 coup
against President Hugo Chávez, after which both benefited from the generous
amnesty ordered by the Commandant.
As [Venezuelan sociologist] Atilio Borón did recently,
one might ask whether these individuals would have met same fate in the United
States if they had attempted to topple the government there.
In his National
Security Strategy released in February, President Obama says: "We
stand by the citizens of countries where the full exercise of democracy is at
risk, such as Venezuela." Here is the explanation for the extraordinary
increase in coup attempts against Bolivarian Venezuela, since the dawn of the Hugo Chávez presidency one of the most
democratic countries in the world.
The Struggle of Venezuela Against a 'Common Enemy' (Telesur, Venezuela)
The coup attempts intensified, particularly after the
election of President Maduro in April 2013.
Washington and the oligarchs decided to pull out all the stops to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution,
taking advantage of the very profound physical absence of its historic leader.
From that moment on the violence has periodically erupted against the backdrop
of a massive global media campaign to discredit the Bolivarian government even
bigger than the one carried out between Chávez' first election campaign (1998)
and his death.
The Venezuelan opposition detests democracy, but the
instructions coming from Washington have lately forced it to shamelessly
transition to repeated attempts to topple the Bolivarian
government and take advantage of the best electoral system in the
world, as defined
by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The opposition governs several states and a number of municipalities, and it has significant, albeit minority representation, in the National Assembly.
Posted By Worldmeets.US
An important element of the coup actions have been shortages
created by big businesses that hoard or smuggle the subsidized basic basket of
staple goods to Colombia, which they buy with dollars sold at preferential
prices by the Venezuelan government.
The United States, with its embassies in Caracas and Bogota, is actively involved with planning these coup actions against Venezuela. Washington utilizes foundations like the National Democratic and National Republican Institutes or solicits collaboration from figures it trusts to conceal the leading role it plays in these efforts, such as former Presidents Álvaro Uribe [Colombia], Sebastián Piñera [Chile], Andrés Pastrana [Colombia] or Felipe Calderón [Mexico]. Special mention is due Cuban-American legislators House members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Díaz-Balart, Senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menéndez.
The purpose of the coup plots, even if they don't succeed in
the short term, is to sow anxiety and disgust among the Venezuelan people that
could facilitate loss of a parliamentary majority by the Chavistas
in the December 2015 elections so as to create a climate of anarchy and ungovernability for President Maduro.
They are playing with fire.