Our final topic, picked by you, dear listeners, earlier in a poll on our Facebook page, is “Venezuela: Military Coup Attempt Or Terrorist Attack?”, focusing on the violent event that unfolded recently in the South American country. The reason why American and many other media outlets hold the view that they do is because the group of armed men in military uniforms who tried to take over the facility claimed on video that they were carrying out a coup, though the Venezuelan military quickly suppressed the violence and said that the seven individuals involved were just terrorists who wanted to steal weapons.
It’s logical to presume that it would take more than seven people to seize control of a country’s armed forces and overthrow the government, so there’s reason to believe that all of this “coup” talk is part of the externally waged information war against the country designed to provoke an actual military uprising by crafting the perception that the terrorists involved in this week’s incident were just the tip of the spear. The reason why this sounds plausible to some people is because of the very high tensions all across Venezuela, which have been present over the past couple of years since the opposition began their effort to depose former President Chavez’s successor but have really hit a crisis point in the past week following the election of the country’s Constituent Assembly.
As part of President Maduro’s plan to de-escalate the simmering situation in the Bolivarian Republic, he sought to give the population a democratic voice in drafting a new constitution to address their concerns, but the opposition boycotted it and afterwards contested its turnout results and overall legitimacy. The Constituent Assembly is now the main governing body in the country, however, so what they’ve essentially done is withdraw themselves from most decision-making processes going forward, though they’ve craftily manufactured the perception that President Maduro is on the cusp of imposing a “dictatorship” and can only be stopped through the urgent imposition of more sanctions and direct Western aid to the anti-government forces.
To discuss this issue in further depth we are joined by Nino Pagliccia, Venezuelan author of "Cuba Solidarity in Canada — Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations" and a retired researcher from the University of British Columbia" and Gabriel Acuna, Mexican political commentator.
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