Summary by JW Williams
The Greyzone Project published an article on Juan Guaido, who declared himself the President of Venezuela. He leads ‘Popular Will’, the most violent faction of Venezuela’s opposition party. His party, however, has less than 20% support because of its violent tactics.
In 2005, five Venezuelan student leaders trained in Serbia to bring about a revolt that eventually toppled Slobodan Milosevic. They used a revolutionary model that uses student shock troops to weaponize protests as a hybrid form of warfare. The movement is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, a CIA front group, and is deployed against regimes that are not compliant with US objectives.
In 2010, ‘Popular Will’ exploited a severe drought that affected electrical output and caused discontent. At this same time, it and other opposition groups were receiving $40-50 million a year from US government organizations like USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy, according to a Spanish think tank.President Trump appointed Elliot Abrams as special US envoy to Venezuela. This stoked fears of a bloody proxy war, because Abrams is the convicted Iran-Contra felon who oversaw arming right-wing death squads during the 1980’s in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
Vice President Mike Pence has been involved in the overthrow of Maduro since before December 2018 when he called to affirm his support for Gauido who organized mass protests against Maduro following his victory in the election.
Guaido is meeting with VP Mike Pence on Monday as part of a summit with the Lima Group, a meeting of 12 American states which have recognized Guaido as the “legitimate” leader of Venezuela.
Over the weekend, at least four people were killed and many more injured in clashes at the border, blockaded by Maduro’s military, as the US tried to deliver humanitarian aid. Three aid trucks caught fire at the Colombian border. In the town of Santa Elena de Uairén, pro-government armed gangs and national guard members took to the streets to try and disperse opposition supporters. Sixty members of Maduro’s security force defected, but it was not enough to deliver the aid. Caracas has reportedly allowed in hundreds of tons of Russian and other international aid and supplies.
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza blamed Secretary of State and former CIA boss Mike Pompeo for staging a false flag when a truck carrying US aid was burned.
Maduro says US aid was meant to destabilize his government as military transport planes have been landing in US ally Colombia airstrips, as part of broader efforts provoke a coup.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that Maduro regime’s days are “numbered” and that “every option” is on the table toward making that happen.
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