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Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaidó led a US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela in 2019 after declaring himself "interim president" of the country. Guaidó also backed US sanctions on his country which the Center for Economic and Policy Research blamed for killing 40,000 Venezuelans between 2017 and 2018.

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After a year of planning and organising, Coventry TUC held a public meeting on Latin America in the sumptuous venue of the Hospitality Suite in the Council House on 16 January 2020.

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On 5 August, US President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order imposing a new and even more brutal set of sanctions on Venezuela, as part of its campaign to remove the democratically elected government of President Maduro.

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Juan Guaido and a small group of mutinous troops posted a live video on Twitter this morning to call on "the military and people" to overthrow the legitimate president Nicolás Maduro. In response, the government is calling on supporters to assemble at the presidential palace.

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The failure of the 23 February “humanitarian aid” provocation on the Venezuelan border was a serious blow for Trump’s ongoing coup attempt. There were mutual recriminations between self-appointed Guaidó, Colombian president Duque and US Vice-President Pence. The US could not get a consensus from its own Lima Cartel allies in favour of military intervention.

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Yesterday afternoon, August 4, there were a series of detonations near the rostrum from where Venezuelan president Maduro was addressing a parade at Bolivar Avenue in Caracas. The parade marked the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard. Official sources have talked about explosive material carried by one or several drones. President Maduro was unharmed, but a number of military personnel were injured. In a televised address, the Venezuelan president blamed outgoing Colombian president Santos of being behind the attempt on his life. Far right Venezuelan oppositionist Patricia Poleo in Miami issued a statement claiming the attack had been carried out by a number of reactionary military officers.

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On May Day, hundreds of thousands marched in Caracas in defence of workers' rights and the Bolivarian revolution. The mass media internationally, which has been paying a lot of attention to Venezuela and had correspondents in Caracas at the time, was unanimous in its silencing of this demonstration. Here's my account. 

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new hov logo“There’s been a coup in Venezuela! Maduro has carried out a power-grab!” Just a few days before the 15th anniversary of the short lived coup against the democratically elected president Chavez (11-13 April, 2002), those who carried out that coup (the Venezuelan oligarchy, their masters in Washington and its lapdogs in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Santiago de Chile and Lima, cheered on by the media wolf pack in Madrid and the US) are now shouting and screaming like hyenas against an alleged “self coup” by president Maduro.

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