[News] Venezuela Cuts Relations with United States Over Coup Support

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  Venezuela Cuts Relations with United States Over Coup Support

23 January 2019

President Nicolas Maduro announced that he was cutting all diplomatic 
relations with the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump 
recognized lawmaker Juan Gauido as interim president, after the 
opposition lawmaker illegally self-appointed himself as president of the 
country, breaking the constitution.

    New Coup Attempt In Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido

"They went too far. I have decided to break all diplomatic and political 
relations with the imperialist government of the United States. Out! 
They can all leave," Maduro said as he gave a speech from the 
presidential palace in Caracas. "They aim to rule Venezuela from 

President Nicolas Maduro gave a 72-hour deadline to the U.S. 
representatives in Venezuela to leave the South American sovereign 
nation, after their President Donald Trump, backed the coup d'etat 
attempt led by Guaido.

"Venezuela is respected! Neither coup nor interventionism. Venezuela 
wants peace, wants progress," said President Nicolas Maduro rejecting 
any coup and interventionist attempts in the country.

The governments of Mexico, Bolivia, Turkey and Rusia have stated that 
they recognize Bolivarian President Nicolas Maduro Moros as the 
constitutional and democratically elected president of Venezuela.

"Don't trust the gringo empire. That's what drives their interest - the 
desire for Venezuelan oil, gas, and gold. These do not belong to you, 
they belong to the sovereign people of Venezuela," warned President 
Maduro to the Venezuelan people.

The left-wing parties in Chile have heavily criticized the decision 
taken by President Sebastian Piñeara of recognizing the illegally 
self-appointed "president" Juan Guaido. According to Jaime Naranjo, a 
lawmaker for the Socialist Party of Chile, the decision of Piñera is 
like trying to "put out a fire with gas."

"It seems to me that it is an absolute and absurd diplomatic imprudence. 
You can not recognize a government when it has in our own country, 
recognizing another government with an installed ambassador (...) The 
decision taken by the (Chilean) Government does not help the Venezuelan 
democratic process at all," stated Naranjo.

"US Vice President openly calls for regime change in #Venezuela. 
So-called "rules-based order" promoted by West is nothing more than "fig 
leaf" of meddling in other country's affairs. Striking similarities with 
2014 Western-backed "maidan" coup in #Ukraine," stated the Russian 
embassy in Canada on their official Twitter account.

According to Alberto Garzon, coordinator of the United Left and militant 
of the Communist Party of Spain "There has just been a coup in Venezuela 
by the Venezuelan right-wing under the protection of the U.S. 
government. A regrettable classic." According to him, this has been 
gestating for several years, and it has not been the first coup backed 
by the U.S.

He hopes that this coup will also be a failure, "so that peace and 
dialogue are preserved and external interference led by Donald Trump is 
rejected." As Guaido has been self-proclaimed as president and was 
backed almost immediately by the U.S. government "that is backing the 
coup d'etat." He also states that this coup, in Spain, is being backed 
by the far-right, to which Garzon asks: "Isn't this representative? of 
what is happening in Venezuela?


  New Coup Attempt In Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido

January 23, 2019

The Venezuelan 
and international right advances in its destabilizing plans, which are 
rejected by revolutionary people in the streets.

    Venezuelan Top Court Calls for Probe into Illegal Actions of
    Suspended National Assembly

The Venezuelan 
right-wing, backed by the United States and other right-wing governments 
in the region, continue with their coup agenda against the Bolivarian 
government. Meanwhile, in the streets of Caracas, Chavismo mobilizes in 
defense of peace, democracy and sovereignty of the country in the face 
of interference and destabilization of the national and international 

In an unconstitutional event the president of the National Assembly in 
judiciary contempt, Juan Guaido, sworn himself in on Wednesday morning. 
After which U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the illegal 
self-proclaimed president. The same was done by the Secretary General of 
the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, who has 
instigated attacks against Venezuela and his Government.

For his part, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, joined the 
interference with a call to Venezuelan military and security forces "to 
support democracy." In addition, he gave his support to Guaidó "while 
establishing a transitional government and preparing elections." Other 
presidents and governments of Latin America have supported Guaido, 
directly attacking the Bolivarian Government of democratically elected 
President Nicolas Maduro.

*The strategy: Usurp powers*

This Wednesday the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of 
Justice (TSJ) urged the Prosecutor's Office to determine the 
responsibilities of the members of the National Assembly (AN), in 
contempt, for the usurpation of the powers of the Executive.

Judge Juan Jose Mendoza pointed out that the National Assembly 
"expressly violates Article 236, numerals 4 and 15, as it seems to usurp 
the competence of the President of the Republic in directing the foreign 
relations of the State."

He also ratified the unconstitutionality of the acts of the AN and found 
that it continues in contempt.

*Juan Guaido, the new face of the coup*

The appointment of Juan Guiado as "leader" of the Venezuelan opposition 
is not casual, the act responds to the construction of an image that 
seems more "popular," contrary to that of the traditional leaders of the 
Venezuelan right-wing.

    Venezuela's VP to Mike Pence: 'Yankee, Go Home'

Guido has his origins based in the popular middle class, he is an 
engineer graduated from a private university, even his physical 
appearance is far from the traditional profile opponent.

His image contrasts with the one of the president of Venezuela, Nicolas 
Maduro, who comes from the working class as a bus driver. Guaido was a 
protagonist of the violent actions of the opposition in 2007, 2014 and 
2017 usually known as Guarimbas.

*Background: Opposition and usurpation*

On April 11, 2002, the Venezuelan opposition also ignored the 
Constitution and staged a coup d'état, in which the president of 
Fedecamaras (Federation of the commerce chambers), Pedro Carmona 
Estanga, declared himself president, with the complicity of the 
country's media and oligarchic sector.

Carmona revoked the 1999 Constitution and the 49 enabling laws decreed 
by President Hugo Chavez in the framework of the Enabling Law. It also 
dissolved the other public powers, the Supreme Court of Justice, the 
Attorney General of the Republic, the Ombudsman, the National Electoral 
Council, the National Assembly and the General Comptroller of the Republic.

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