U.S. Throws Support Behind Coup Attempt In Venezuela

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido speaks to supporters as he calls for the military to rise up and oust President Nicolas Maduro in Altamira Plaza in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Guaido and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust Maduro.
Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido speaks to supporters as he calls for the military to rise up and oust President Nicolas Maduro in Altamira Plaza in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Guaido and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust Maduro. Fernando Llano / AP Photo
Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido speaks to supporters as he calls for the military to rise up and oust President Nicolas Maduro in Altamira Plaza in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Guaido and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust Maduro.
Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido speaks to supporters as he calls for the military to rise up and oust President Nicolas Maduro in Altamira Plaza in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Guaido and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust Maduro. Fernando Llano / AP Photo

U.S. Throws Support Behind Coup Attempt In Venezuela

For months, two men have claimed Venezuela’s presidency. In January, National Assembly and opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself acting president over existing president Nicolás Maduro. Now, Guaidó is urging Venezuelans to take to the streets to oust Maduro. Guaidó claims the military has deserted Maduro. Maduro’s camp asserts they still have military backing. The Trump administration voiced support for Guaidó’s coup attempt. We will get an update from David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) who curates WOLA’s Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights blog. Smilde is also a professor of sociology at Tulane University and co-authored the edited the volume Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics and Culture Under Chávez.