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https://www.rt.com/news/449545-venezuela-defense-minister-constitution/

Venezuelan army disavows self-proclaimed leader, will defend national sovereignty – defense minister

The Venezuelan military will not accept a president imposed by “dark interests,” Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said after Washington and a number of its allies recognized a lawmaker as the new leader in Caracas.

The army will continue to defend the constitution and national sovereignty, Padrino said on Wednesday afternoon, hours after opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido was proclaimed interim president by the National Assembly, in a direct challenge to President Nicolas Maduro.

The US quickly recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, with the Organization of American States (OAS) following Washington’s lead. Canada and France have also recognized Guaido, while Mexico has declined to do so “for now.”

 

Bolivia declared "solidarity with the people of Venezuela and brother Nicolas Maduro" in resisting the "claws of imperialism" in South America, President Evo Morales tweeted.

Maduro responded to the US announcement by cutting diplomatic ties with Washington and giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela.

Guaido, however, countermanded that in a tweet and promised that Venezuela “will continue to maintain diplomatic relations with all the countries of the world.”

The issue of diplomats has raised the stakes in the US-Venezuela confrontation, as Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) – one of the driving forces behind the recognition of Guaido – argued that US diplomats should stay put, since leaving would mean recognition of Maduro’s legitimacy.

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https://www.rt.com/news/449532-venezuela-us-backed-opposition-president/

Venezuela: US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaims himself interim President

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has taken an oath and sworn himself in as interim president, as droves of protesters take to the streets calling for President Nicolas Maduro’s exit.

Guaidó is currently President of the National Assembly, an elected legislature whose acts were declared null and void by Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Monday. The National Assembly had refused to recognize the authority of President Nicolas Maduro, declaring his election victory last year illegitimate.

Guaidó took the oath of office in front of a crowd of supporters in Caracas on Wednesday, as thousands of Venezuelans thronged the city’s streets to protest Maduro. He urged the country’s armed forces to support new elections, and pledged to perform the duties of president in the interim.

Moment after the news broke, US President Donald Trump said he recognizes Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president, and encouraged other western powers to follow suit.

“The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law,” Trump said in a statement. “We continue to hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for any threats it may pose to the safety of the Venezuelan people.”

Ahead of Wednesday’s protests, US Vice President Mike Pence released a video message reiterating the US’ commitment to regime change in Venezuela. Denouncing Maduro as “a dictator with no legitimate claim to power” who has “never won the presidency in a free and fair election,” Pence vowed that the US “will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles.”

 

Pence’s tacit endorsement of regime change prompted Maduro to order a “total revision” of the already-strained diplomatic ties between the two countries. “Mr. Pence doesn't have a job. Now he wants to come and run Venezuela, handing out instructions on what should happen” he told supporters, before accusing the US of “promoting instability and violence” in Venezuela.

The latest protests began after a group of National Guard soldiers staged a mutiny in northern Caracas on Monday morning and called on other military units to do the same. The rebellious servicemen were arrested, but civil unrest spread through the city in the following days. Four people have reportedly died during the protests.

Demonstrators torched statues of Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s predecessor and mentor, who steered the country towards socialism after winning election in 1999. In the city of San Félix, the anti-government crowd hung another statue of Chaves from an overpass.

Guaidó’s oath, and Trump’s recognition of him as president, comes on a symbolic day for Venezuela’s socialist government. The 23rd of January marks the anniversary of the 1958 coup d’etat that overthrew dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez. As protesters took to the streets with their own calls for democracy, the Venezuelan leader took to Twitter to celebrate the occasion.

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The United States has officially requested an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday “to discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.”

South Africa’s U.N. Ambassador Jerry Matjila said earlier that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had asked to discuss the political situation with the U.N.’s most powerful body. He said the “consultations” would be behind closed doors — not open...........

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his support to embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a phone call.

The Kremlin says that Putin “expressed support to the legitimate government of Venezuela amid the acute political crisis that has been provoked from the outside.”

The Russian leader emphasized that “destructive foreign interference tramples on basic norms of the international law.”

The Kremlin statement Thursday said Putin called for “overcoming differences in the Venezuelan society through peaceful dialogue.”

It added that the two leaders underlined a shared intention to “continue the Russian-Venezuelan cooperation in various spheres.”

Russia had already denounced the U.S. decision to recognize an opposition leader at Venezuela’s legitimate president, calling it an attempted coup........

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he’s shocked by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s claim to the presidency. .....

 

Britain’s foreign secretary says Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido is “the right person” to take the troubled country forward.

Jeremy Hunt said Thursday during a visit to Washington that the May 20 election in Venezuela was “deeply flawed” and said the regime led by President Nicholas Maduro has done “untold damage to the people of Venezuela.”

Hunt said it is clear that Maduro is not the “legitimate” leader of Venezuela. But the statement stops short of recognizing Guaido as president.........

 

The chief of Venezuela’s military has reaffirmed his support for President Nicolas Maduro, saying the armed forces will never accept a leader imposed on their country. ........

 

The German government is backing the opposition-led National Assembly in Venezuela, while calling for “free and credible elections” in the country. .........

 

China is calling on the United States to stay out of Venezuela’s current political crisis and says it opposes all outside intervention in the South American country. .........

 

Venezuelans are heading into uncharted political waters, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in for a fight with the Trump administration. ........

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Why Trump is trying to oust Maduro from Venezuela, but not other global dictators

Analysis: Amid Washington chaos, Trump has largely outsourced his Venezuela policy to Sen. Marco Rubio and others on the right.

:.... here has been no U.S. ambassador in Caracas since 2010, when the top American diplomat was expelled by Maduro's predecessor, the socialist firebrand Hugo Chávez. .....

so executing the decisions fell to Pence, national security adviser John Bolton and his staff, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Bolton has been widely criticized by foreign policy veterans for not convening any inter-agency "principals meetings" to thrash through policies. He has no deputy to lead the inter-agency Deputies Committee that has been the operational arm of past National Security Councils.

Given that vacuum, for months the president's Venezuela policy has practically been subcontracted to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the administration's point person for getting rid of Maduro........

 

 

A senior administration official was asked today why the administration opposed Maduro, but not dictators in Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia or the Philippines. He answered that 33 of the 34 countries in the Western Hemisphere had signed a declaration committing themselves to democracy on Sept. 11, 2001, in Lima, Peru. (Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell signed for the U.S.)

Critics, including Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., say that declaration does not excuse the president's alliance with other totalitarian regimes around the world. But in this instance, the Trump administration is in good company: Juan Guaidó's attempted takeover has also been endorsed by the Organization of American States and, individually, by Canada and most of the leading countries in South America.....

 

The critical question is whether the military turns on Maduro or sides with Guaidó and his call for new elections. The wild card is what will happen if Maduro crushes the opposition: Will Trump send in the U.S. military? ....

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latin-america/why-trump-trying-oust-maduro-venezuela-not-other-global-dictators-n962051?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

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"A Coup Is Not a Democratic Transition!"

US Peace Activist Interrupts Pompeo Speech on Venezuela

"Do not listen to Secretary Pompeo!" declares Medea Benjamin during meeting of OAS delegates in Washington

 

".....While the OAS has so far backed efforts to undermine Maduro, Laura Carlsen, who heads the Center for International Policy's Americas Project, wrote this week that the regional body has become a misguided machine seeking "regime change" in Venezuela while "abetting corruption and dictatorship" across Latin America.

Specifically criticizing Luis Almagro, the OAS Secretary General, Carlsen explained that "throughout his tenure, Almagro has acted against many of the basic principles and mandates of the organization and consistently represented U.S. interests above those of its neighbors, generally supporting allies and punishing adversaries of the U.S. government."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/24/coup-not-democratic-transition-us-peace-activist-interrupts-pompeo-speech-venezuela?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

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Dr. Jill Stein🌻Verified account @DrJillStein 7m7 minutes ago

 
 

🌻 Retweeted House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Democrats are backing Trump on regime change in Venezuela, just like they backed disasters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Honduras, Libya, Syria, Ukraine & Yemen.

When it comes to regime change, the two parties of War & Wall Street are still marching in lockstep.

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US orders some diplomats to leave Venezuela

".....The State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security wrote in an alert that they have "ordered non-emergency U.S. government employees to depart Venezuela.

"The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela."

A State Department spokesperson told The Hill that the decision to remove some staff was based on the security situation.

The embassy in Venezuela will remain open.........

https://thehill.com/latino/426893-us-orders-some-diplomats-to-leave-venezuela

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2 hours ago, mr6666 said:

US orders some diplomats to leave Venezuela

".....The State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security wrote in an alert that they have "ordered non-emergency U.S. government employees to depart Venezuela.

"The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela."

A State Department spokesperson told The Hill that the decision to remove some staff was based on the security situation.

The embassy in Venezuela will remain open.........

https://thehill.com/latino/426893-us-orders-some-diplomats-to-leave-venezuela

We should leave temporary, don't want another IRAN!

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Reuters reports Russia has sent as many as 400 mercenaries from Wagner to Venezuela to defend Maduro.

I believe this is known as doubling down on your investment

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-russia-exclusive/exclusive-kremlin-linked-contractors-help-guard-venezuelas-maduro-sources-idUSKCN1PJ22M

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The HillVerified account @thehill 1h1 hour ago

 

Pompeo appoints ex-Reagan official 

Elliott Abrams

convicted of withholding info from Congress

to be Venezuela point person

".....Abrams’s appointment could draw scrutiny over a checkered past in government. He served in various State Department roles during the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations,

but is well-known for being convicted of withholding information from Congress about the infamous Iran-Contra affair. He was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush.

Abrams has also drawn criticism for his role during the Reagan administration of trying to prop up friendly dictators in El Salvador and Nicaragua who assisted the White House’s foreign policy of keeping the Soviet Union’s influence in Latin America at bay.

Abrams’s rejoining of the State Department comes as friction between the State Department and Maduro reaches new heights.....

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/427053-pompeo-taps-elliott-abrams-as-state-department-venezuela-point-person

 

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Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, ad infinitum.  When will US learn to stay out of foreign governments business and cease trying to inflict regime change?

Of course, it does accomplish a major goal of Trump's.  Do something to deflect from the continuing bad news about his incompetence as president.

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1 hour ago, TheCid said:

Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, ad infinitum.  When will US learn to stay out of foreign governments business and cease trying to inflict regime change?

Of course, it does accomplish a major goal of Trump's.  Do something to deflect from the continuing bad news about his incompetence as president.

I think it's more than just deflection.  It has been American policy through several administrations to try to strangle the socialist government in Venezuela.  And it is working!

Trump would be fine with invading a country that has nationalized the biggest oil reserves in the world and chucked out the American companies who were taking most if not all of the profits.

But the consumate hypocrite who has no vision or philosophy would get out of the middle east in the name of no more regime change for two reasons: A) It was someone else's war that served him well to criticize in the past, and b ) It is in Russia's interest that he get out too.

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EU ramps up pressure on Venezuela

EU pledges ‘further action’ if president does not call a new election, building on calls from Paris, Berlin and Madrid.

 

"The Venezuelan people must be able to freely decide their future," French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted Saturday. "Without elections announced within 8 days, we will be ready to recognize Juan Guaidó as the 'president in charge' of Venezuela to start a political process. We are working on this between European partners."

The German government's deputy spokesperson, Martina Fietz, put out a similar statement, adding that Berlin was "working closely European partners." Speaking in a televised address, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez issued the same deadline for Caracas to hold "fair, free and transparent elections".......

https://www.politico.eu/article/pedro-sanchez-emmanuel-macron-juan-guaido-maduro-france-germany-and-spain-ramp-up-pressure-on-venezuela/

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Venezuelan Showdown Moves to UN as Dueling Presidents Dig In

Each man appeared ready to defend his claim to the presidency no matter the cost

 

".........Each man appeared ready to defend his claim to the presidency no matter the cost, with Guaido telling supporters that if he is arrested they should "stay the course" and peacefully protest.

But the standoff could set the scene for more violence and has plunged troubled Venezuela into a new chapter of political turmoil that rights groups say has already left more than two dozen dead as thousands take to the street.....

 

Maduro is accusing the opposition of working with the U.S. to overthrow him. Though over a dozen nations are recognizing Guaido as president, Maduro still has the support of the military and powerful, longtime allies like Russia and China.

"This is nothing more than a coup d'etat, ordered, promoted, financed and supported by the government of the United States," Maduro said Friday. "They intend to put a puppet government in Venezuela, destroy the state and take colonial control of the country."

But he added that he was still willing to talk with the opposition........

 

"Now is the time for every other nation to pick a side," Pompeo said. "No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem."

China's U.N. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said his government "firmly opposed" the U.S. accusations and doesn't interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

"We hope the country that accuses others can do likewise itself," Ma told the council........

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/US-Faces-Tough-Choices-as-it-Weights-Next-Moves-on-Venezuela--504909631.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_CHBrand

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5 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

Venezuelan Showdown Moves to UN as Dueling Presidents Dig In

Each man appeared ready to defend his claim to the presidency no matter the cost

 

".........Each man appeared ready to defend his claim to the presidency no matter the cost, with Guaido telling supporters that if he is arrested they should "stay the course" and peacefully protest.

But the standoff could set the scene for more violence and has plunged troubled Venezuela into a new chapter of political turmoil that rights groups say has already left more than two dozen dead as thousands take to the street.....

 

Maduro is accusing the opposition of working with the U.S. to overthrow him. Though over a dozen nations are recognizing Guaido as president, Maduro still has the support of the military and powerful, longtime allies like Russia and China.

"This is nothing more than a coup d'etat, ordered, promoted, financed and supported by the government of the United States," Maduro said Friday. "They intend to put a puppet government in Venezuela, destroy the state and take colonial control of the country."

But he added that he was still willing to talk with the opposition........

 

"Now is the time for every other nation to pick a side," Pompeo said. "No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem."

China's U.N. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said his government "firmly opposed" the U.S. accusations and doesn't interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

"We hope the country that accuses others can do likewise itself," Ma told the council........

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/US-Faces-Tough-Choices-as-it-Weights-Next-Moves-on-Venezuela--504909631.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_CHBrand

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I assume the Trump-haters here agree with the Chinese  U.N. Ambassador; "We hope the country that accuses others can do likewise itself".

I.e. Trump is an illegitimate President,  right? 

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