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    Political Crisis in Venezuela (579)

    Venezuela has been living through a de facto coup d’etat since Juan Guaido, an opposition leader, proclaimed himself the Latin American country’s interim president on 23 January. The move was immediately recognised by the United States, which has been urging the Latin American country's President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

    Challenging the narrative pushed by the mainstream media, Boots Riley, the front man of the American hip-hop band ironically named "The Coup", has been sharing quite insightful tweets on what is going on in Venezuela after the US recognised Juan Guaido as the country's interim president.

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    From the very onset of the political turmoil in the South American country, the rapper has blasted Washington's policy, pointing out that the US "is enabling an actual coup" there.

    ​Riley dropped a delicate hint that Guaido hadn't even run in the presidential election, won by Venezuela's incumbent President Nicolas Maduro last May:

    Turning to media coverage of the US-backed coup attempt, Riley took a dig at The New York Times, asking the rhetorical question if there was "a direct CIA hotline to the NYT":

    He also targeted the media for not reporting on a profound analysis by journalist Erin Gallagher, who established links between pro-Guaido activities on Twitter and a Miami-based website:

    Despite the gravity of the situation, Riley decided to add a dash of humour to one of his tweets:

    Unsurprisingly, there was no shortage of reactions to his sarcastic tweet, with one netizen coming up with a bunch of his own suggestions where Guaido could possibly distinguish himself:

    Social media users appeared to ridicule the way Guaido declared himself Venezuela's interim president and the way a vast number of countries recognised him:

    Washington has been actively engaged in the presidential crisis in Venezuela, which saw the head of the opposition-led National Assembly, Guaido, declare himself the country’s interim president, thus challenging the legitimately elected Maduro.

    The Trump administration instantly recognised Guaido and has ramped up its pressure on Maduro in order to drive him out of office; the US introduced sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil giant PDVSA, and passed control over certain frozen assets held by US-insured banks to Guaido.

    On 29 January, the Venezuelan Supreme Court blocked Guaido's bank accounts and financial transactions within the country's jurisdiction, and imposed a travel ban on him until an investigation into his activities is completed.

    President Maduro, for his part, has accused Washington of orchestrating a coup d’etat in his country, and suggested that a group of Venezuelan military defectors have become “mercenaries of the Colombian oligarchy”, who are trying to sabotage the armed forces at his command. He also severed diplomatic ties with the United States.

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    In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Maduro claimed that Trump had instructed the Colombian government and mafia to kill him in order to gain access to the world’s largest oil reserves, which happen to be in Venezuela.

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