Crisis in Venezuela


Sierra Hurson, Journalist

In Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaidó has called on the Mexican military to aid him in ending Nicolás Maduro’s rule. The streets in Caracas, the capital of Mexico, were flooded with protesters on Tuesday in support of Guaidó and the opposition. However, military leaders are standing with Maduro and are accusing Guaidó and the opposition of a staging a coup. Maduro was set to leave the country on Tuesday and go to Cuba, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo affirmed, but Russia convinced Maduro to stay in Mexico. John Bolton, the US National Security Advisor, claimed that Vladimir Padrino who is Venezuela’s Defence Minister, was one of the officials involved in negotiations for a peaceful transition of power between the Maduro and Gauidó regimes. Contrary to this, Padrino made a television appearance on Tuesday, standing with soldiers, pledging his loyalty to Maduro. With the recent progression of events, the struggle for power between Guaidó and Maduro will continue. Guaidó has claimed himself to be the interim leader and has fostered support among many countries including the United States and the United Kingdom. BBC’s Guillermo Olmo stated that the protests and demonstrations that have resulted from the power struggle between Guaidó and Maduro “marked the most violent episode of the Venezuelan political crisis so far.” Guaidó said in a video on social media Tuesday morning that he is in the “final phase” of putting an end to Maduro’s presidency and claimed he garnered support from the soldiers in Caracas. However, it is still uncertain whether or not the military is really in support of Guaidó or if they are remaining loyal to Maduro.