Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro places a rose atop the tomb of the late President Hugo Chavez during a ceremony within commemorations for his’ death first anniversary, at the Cuartel de la Montana in Caracas on March 5, 2014.
A coup plot against the Venezuelan government has been foiled, with both civilians and members of the military detained, President Nicolas Maduro revealed Thursday in a televised address.
Those involved were being paid in U.S. dollars, and one of the suspects had been granted a visa to enter the United States should the plot fail, Maduro said.
Venezuela’s president stated that the coup plotters already had a “transitional” government and program lined up once the plan, which included bombings on the Miraflores Palace and the teleSUR offices in Caracas, as well as assassinations of members of the opposition, Maduro and others, was carried out.
Maduro explained that a video of masked military officials speaking out against the government had been recorded, which was set to be released after the planned assassination was carried out.
Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez stated via his Twitter account that the armed forces remain loyal to the constitutional government.
Thousands of people have taken to social media in solidarity with Venezuela in the face of new U.S. threats.
The hashtag #ObamaYankeeGoHome is among the top trending topics Tuesday following U.S. President Barack Obama calling Venezuela a “threat to national security” and announcing new sanctions against Venezuelan government officials on Monday.
According to Twitter Topsy, in just 24 hours, over 80,000 tweets with the hashtag have been written.
The phrase, Yankee Go Home in Latin America is a rejection of U.S. interference in countries’ affairs, or outright invasions. The U.S. was involved in the 1973 Chilean coup, in supporting the Nicaraguan contras to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution, in the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela, numerous attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro and in the Bay of Pigs invasion, supporting the 2009 coup in Honduras, ousting the national government in Panama in 1989, invading Granada, overthrowing the Guatemalan government in 1954, and much more.
Renowned Venezuelan singer Ali Primera also wrote a song called Worker Latin America, where he would sing, “The U.S. fears the revolution, the U.S. fears the chant, ‘Yankee go home’ … the workers of Latin America say,’Yankee go home.’”
Havana, Cuba: The ‘We’re all Venezuela’ Concert took place Sunday, March 15, at the University of Havana in solidarity with Venezuela in the wake of U.S threats against the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
New York City: Stop the U.S. March to War! People’s Assembly Against War in Times Square, May 26, 2014.
An amazing gathering of international solidarity as more than 100 people rallied in Times Square on Memorial Day, representing people’s struggles from Ukraine to Syria, Venezuela to the Philippines, Egypt to Honduras, Ecuador to the Fight for $15 here in the U.S. They marched on corporate media giant CNN to remember the victims of U.S. wars and fascist coups and say: Not another war for Wall Street profits and NATO expansion!
(Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro’s government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that “bourgeois criminals” were hoarding for speculation and contraband.
The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down, while also seeking to make profits from hoarding, price-gouging and smuggling across the border to Colombia.
The claims that Venezuela has a deficient democracy and that current protests represent mainstream sentiment are belied by the facts. The antigovernment protests are being carried out by people in the wealthier segments of society who seek to reverse the gains of the democratic process that have benefited the vast majority of the people.