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US publicly admits support for coup attempt in Venezuela

International law seems to matter little to the United States (U.S.) government as they once again have publicly expressed support for a coup attempt against the constitutional and democratically elected government of Venezuela.
One of the first to ratify his support for the destabilizing attempt was U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who as news of an attempted coup reached the world early Tuesday morning, has tweeted 30 messages vehemently expressing his desire to see President Nicolas Maduro deposed.
Venezuelan state officials responded, denouncing the comments of foreigner government leaders.
Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday: “In a shameless and immoral way, the U.S. government recognizes its authorship in this criminal attempt of a coup in Venezuela! They show the world their desire to destroy our Homeland!”
Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez reported that a group of about 50 soldiers located in the Altamira highway, in eastern Caracas, to promote a coup supporting the far-right’s agenda.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed that his government “fully supports” what both the far-right and the U.S. have dubbed as “Operation Liberty.” Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Rick Scott ® have also shown how invested the U.S. is to the destablization of the South American nation.
“What is the point of having international law, what is the point to having the United Nations,” international analyst Marcus Papadopoulos told teleSUR after questioning the role of the U.S. powering an illegal coup attempt.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced these U.S. initiatives, especially that issued by Pompeo, saying that he “makes a spectacle of diplomacy, by promoting and financing a violent coup in Venezuela. Washington’s obsession with controlling Venezuela’s oil wealth leads them to clumsiness”.
The government voices from the U.S. keep piling on. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip in the Senate has also supported the attempt as well as National Security Affairs (NSA) Director, John Bolton. While the White House said that Donald Trump was being kept informed about events in Venezuela as they unfolded, no statement has been provided yet. As the situation unfolds, the “usual suspects” show their clear standing.
International Community, World Leaders Reject US-backed Coup in Venezuela.
Leaders in Latin America and the world rejected Tuesday the coup against the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro which was launched by opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, who illegally self-proclaimed himself “interim president” in January with the support of the United States and its regional right-wing allies.
Early Tuesday morning, Bolivian President Evo Morales tweeted, “We strongly condemn the coup attempt in Venezuela performed by the right wing, which is submissive to foreign interests. Confident that the courageous Bolivarian Revolution at the head of the brother Nicolas Maduro, will be imposed on this new attack of the empire.”
“Venezuela’s peaceful opposition wanting to turn their country into another Iraq or Libya for the benefit of Trump and his fascist satellites. No to the coup d’etat. Hands Off Venezuela. They will not pass.”
Venezuelan minister Vladimir Padrino assured that the military personnel “stand firm in defense of the National Constitution and its legitimate authorities.”
In that sense, he explained that all the military units deployed in the country’s eight defense regions report normalcy in their military bases and remain under the command of their legitimate commanders.
From Cuba, President Miguel Diaz-Canel also rejected the attempted coup and pointed out that it is promoted by those who try to violently overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution.
In his Twitter account, the Cuban leader said: “We reject this coup that aims to fill the country with violence. The traitors who have placed themselves at the forefront of this subversive movement have used troops and police with weapons of war on a public road in the city to create anxiety and terror. “
In a similar tone, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, who called for stopping aggression against Latin American countries, said that “we strongly condemn attempted coup d’etat in Venezuela. Firm support and solidarity from Cuba to the Constitutional President of that sister nation, Nicolas Maduro, to his government and to the Bolivarian and Chavista people.”
From Mexico the Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador administration said that is closely following what is going on at Venezuela and expressed its concern about the possible escalation of violence and bloodshed which opposition action may be brought about.
“Mexico reiterates its desire and commitment to finding a peaceful, democratic and dialogue-based solution to this crisis, always privileging unrestricted respect for human rights. Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, consultations are being held with the other sixteen Montevideo Mechanism countries in order to find a common route.”
Early in the morning, Venezuelas’ Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza reacted to the coup attempt by denouncing the support of Colombia and the United States for Juan Guaido’s actions.
“We inform the people of Venezuela that we are currently confronting and deactivating a small group of traitorous military personnel who positioned themselves in the Altamira Distributor to promote a coup d’état against the Constitution and the peace of the Republic… This attempt was joined by the murderous far-right… We call on the people to remain on high alert to, together with the glorious Bolivarian National Armed Forces, defeat the coup attempt and preserve peace… We denounce to the international community the support of the Colombian government for this new coup attempt in Venezuela. From Washington and Bogota, all the last months’ unsuccessful unconstitutional actions in Venezuela have been planned.”
From Brazil, the Workers’ Party congressman and journalist Paulo Pimenta said, “it is very serious what is happening in Venezuela and it has a name: coup attempt. Surely Guaido is playing to ‘all or nothing’ because he has the U.S. in the rear and we know that Trump is capable of anything to get hold of the world’s largest oil reserves.
For his part, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stressed that the solution to the Venezuelan situation must be achieved through dialogue and in a peaceful manner.
Opposition Lawmaker proclaims “Interim President”
Meanwhile, Juan Guaido, the opposition lawmaker who illegally proclaimed himself “interim president” of Venezuela Tuesday morning made a call on social media asking the military and people to begin an uprising against the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Senior government officials have rejected the attempted coup and called on the country’s population to do the same and march towards the Miraflores presidential palace to protect the country from the far-right, U.S.-backed coup.
Thousands of citizens have accepted the call and marched Tuesday to the palace to attend a rally led by the head of the National Consistent Assembly Diosdado.
CARICOM Chairman appeal for calm and peache
Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris spent much of the Tuesday in consultation with other Caribbean leaders and also kept in close contact with Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. The Secretary-General has been updating the Chairman on the emerging developments in Venezuela.
“I appeal for calm and peace,” Chairman Harris said Tuesday afternoon, while reiterating his pledge that CARICOM will continue to make every effort to help bring a peaceful resolution to Venezuela’s political crisis.
“My colleague Heads of Government and I are collectively charged with ensuring the continued security and stability of our beloved Caribbean region,” Prime Minister Harris added, noting that, “This responsibility is our first and foremost priority as we work in unison to safeguard our people’s future.”
The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis continued, “CARICOM has been working earnestly to promote meaningful dialogue and diplomacy, as well as a four-phased process called the Montevideo Mechanism whose aim is an inclusive and lasting solution. Such a considered approach can only redound to the benefit of the country and people of Venezuela and, by extension, the countries and citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean.”
In his capacity as Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Harris has attended several meetings on Venezuela’s political crisis. These meetings have taken him to Guyana, the United Nations, Uruguay and Ecuador.
The Chairman of CARICOM is scheduled to engage in follow-up high-level talks with the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela in Costa Rica next week.

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