Mar 02 2015
How Venezuela’s Right Wing and Obama Are Constantly Conspiring to Destabilize the Bolivarian Revolution
GUEST: Miguel Tinker Salas is a Professor of Latin American History and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California…
Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro over the weekend, announced a reduction in the staff of the US Embassy and new travel restrictions for Americans to Venezuela. The government also released a number of US missionaries who had been detained, and allowed them to return home.
The moves are part of a new crisis emerging in Venezuela over the past two weeks, centered on government allegations of a new coup attempt, labeled the “blue coup.” Authorities acting on orders of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, arrested Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma in mid-February.
Ledezma will face trial for conspiracy against the government and is a long-time right wing politician and prominent member of the Venezuelan opposition, which last year mobilized thousands of people in street protests resulting in the killing of 43 people. He is being held in the same facility as another right wing politician arrested last year, Leopoldo Lopez, for overseeing a plan called La Salida, or “the exit,” to overturn the Maduro government. Maduro took over from the late Hugo Chavez, a charismatic figure who ushered in Venezuela’s current socialist government.
New protests in the wake of Ledezma’s arrest are once more threatening to destabilize Venezuela. A 14-year-old boy named Kluiverth Roa was killed after being shot with rubber bullets by government police at a demonstration in San Cristobal last week. Mainstream publications in the US are reporting the news with glee, with The Economist’s coverage contending that, “Venezuela’s ‘Bolivarian’ regime is lurching from authoritarianism to dictatorship.”
GUEST:…Miguel Tinker Salas has written several books including The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture and Citizenship in Venezuela, and Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know, and co-edited Venezuela, Hugo Chavez and the Decline of an Exceptional Democracy.
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