On February 12, 2015, an Air Force general and 13 other people were accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Venezuela. They planned to bomb several buildings including Miraflores (the presidential palace), the Ministry of Defense, and the teleSUR building. As in 2002, a video was prepared to announce the coup d'etat and thereby provoke a general uprising of the military. The Air Force officials dressed in uniforms with U.S.-issued AR-15s, which are assault rifles not available in Venezuela, and paid with U.S. dollars. One of the conspirators had a U.S, visa stamped February 4, so that if the coup went awry, he could flee to the United States.
A written statement of similar function to the video was found, made by three main leaders of one of the most radical leaders of Venezuela's opposition, including María Corina Machado, Leopoldo López, and Antonio Ledesma, calling for a national transition government. As usual with coup proceedings, this would have been completely unconstitutional, but the world has been ignoring the illegality of coups since the concept of sovereignty of countries. Opposition figures in Venezuela, as in other countries, are typically leaders of money interests also. Leopoldo López, for example, is part of the family that owns Polar, the largest producer of corn flour, the base of the Venezuelan diet. The trio's statement contained economic clauses talking about the "compensation" of those whose enterprises have been nationalized, the very entanglement of the Venezuelan economy into the international financial networks that allow control of countries by financial interests, that Venezuela has so strenuously avoided, networks such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
The plan was to use a Super Tucano aircraft, a model used by the Venezuelan Air Force. However, as President Nicolas Maduro pointed out, all of those planes were grounded for maintenance. Either the conspirators had had to put their plans on hold, or did not know the planes were grounded, etc, or the plane was to come from somewhere else. Telesur's reporting pointed out that previous coup attempts have featured airplanes literally given a false flag. A Super Tucano aircraft was specially ordered for Blackwater International.
$30 million per year of US government money is going to fund journalists in opposition media in Venezuela; $100 million goes to "soft power" propaganda from the National Endowment for Democracy, and whatever share of USAID's budget goes to this high priority.
Venezuela has more oil in the ground than any other country in the world. They are not sucking it out of the ground as fast as they can, like Russia, but their economy is still vulnerable to oil price fluctuations, and the unprecedented 75% drop in crude oil prices (and yes, of course you did not see that at the gas pump, you think the oil companies would miss a chance to make more money?) has hurt them hard
Venezuela knows what it is doing. They have seen seventy years of regime change and know how to try to stop it. So when the merchandisers in Venezuela started doubling the price of goods to stir up discontent, they fought back, and imposed price controls.
But when the media machine lies about everything that happens, it does not matter what they do; they can only hope that people will listen to the truth. Venezuela is the last fat oil target, and if enough people know about it, it can be stopped. Because every other tool of the US regime change machine has been cut off at the roots by a savvy government, the US only has lies on their side. Knowing the truth really matters, this time.
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In 2002, the Chávez government faced a coup d'état. Anti-government demonstrations taking place were redirected into supporting the coup, and Chávez was removed from office for two days. He was later reinstated following massive public support. This event, along with the early 2014 Euromaidan (WP) demonstrations which resulted in a change of government in Ukraine, termed by some commentators as a coup d'état, was later cited by the Venezuelan government in relation to the 2014 protests to support the idea that the opposition may be attempting another undemocratic change of government.
The opposition's defeat in the December 8 municipal elections, which it had framed as a 'plebiscite' on Maduro's presidency, ignited an internal debate over strategy. Moderate opposition leaders Henrique Capriles and Wikipedia:Henri Falcón argued for 'unity' and dialogue with the government, and attended meetings held by the President to discuss cooperation among the country's mayors and governors. Hardline opposition leaders, such as Wikipedia:Leopoldo López and Marina Corina Machado, opposed dialogue and called for a new strategy to force an immediate change in the government.
- ↑ BREAKING: Venezuela Stopped US Financed Assassination & Coup Plot on Maduro
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Opposition Leaders Issued a Statement to Signal the Launch of the Foiled Coup Lucas Koerner, journalist in Caracas for Venezuelanalysis.com discusses what he knows thus far about the foiled coup in Venezuela - February 17, 2015
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Coup Plot in Venezuela Thwarted-Unique info is in the video
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- ↑ "En fotos y video: Henrique Capriles acudió a Miraflores a la reunión con Maduro". Noticias24.com. 8 January 2014. http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/216440/henrique-capriles-se-encuentra-en-miraflores-para-reunirse-con-el-presidente-nicolas-maduro/. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
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