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The Dirty War on Venezuela

Author bio: 
John-Paul Leonard

March 18, 2015 Global Research posted a piece by James Petras on the US and Venezuela, "Decades of Defeats and Destabilization" www.globalresearch.ca/us-and-venezuela-decades-of-defeats-and-destabilization/5434884

May 22, 2014  Kerry says “all options” are on the table against Venezuela days after a US Senate panel approved the imposition of sanctions on the Latin American country. www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/22/363680/us-all-options-on-table-for-venezuela/

Mar. 27 Destabilization is impacting Venezuela's ability to support its Bolivarian revolution partners in Latin America. Even if Maduro holds on, the chaos is a partial success for the Evil Empire.  www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/13657/world-citizen-venezuela-once-an-ideological-magnet-now-worries-region

Gen. Ivashov says US trying to export coup scenario to Venezuela en.itar-tass.com/opinions/1706

Mar. 24 Gladio-type provocateur tactics continue as hooded gunmen on motorbikes shoot protesters, bystanders and security forces.  www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/544530/20140323/venezuela-death-toll-rises-troops-protesters-clash.htm

Mar. 19

This 7 minute video shows how a minority of criminal elements are rioting and destroying public and private property under the guise of political demonstrations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVdel510hRk The usual ingredients: mass media distortion, image fakery, molotov cocktails, targeting a government that uses its oil wealth for the benefit of the people, free education and health care, like in Libya, which the right wing keeps trying to overthrow, now using armed hooligans instigated by color revolution techniques. 

Press TV cites Paul Craig Roberts: commit the crime, then blame the victim. The US engineered a fall in the Venezuelan currency, then used rising prices to instigate street warfare. www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/15/354800/us-seeks-to-stage-coup-in-venezuela/ Full article www.globalresearch.ca/regime-change-first-ukraine-then-venezuela-then-ecuador-bolivia-brazil-china/5373528 (or paulcraigroberts.org) ""Regime Change: First Ukraine, then Venezuela, then Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil . . . China?"

Venezuelan Government: “We Denounce you as an Assassin of the Venezuelan people, Mr. Kerry” www.globalresearch.ca/venezuelan-government-we-denounce-you-as-an-assassin-of-the-venezuelan-people-mr-kerry/5373558

the story of working class and poor Bolivarian supporters being shot and killed by violent, armed, masked opposition thugs does not fit in the picture of a “repressive regime” attacking “peaceful student protests” which the mass media internationally has been building over the last month. alethonews.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/venezuelan-community-members-explain-opposition-violence/

Could the government arrest large numbers of violent protesters and try to re-educate them in camps with films about Gladio, CIA, social justice etc?
Maybe Maduro is moving in that direction of being more forceful: "Venezuela Deals Blow to Bankster Fascists" deanhenderson.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/venezuela-liberated-big-oil-republic/ The article contains a good pocket history of the struggle between Rockefeller oil interests and populist governments since Shell found oil in Venezuela in 1914.

If the US government were faced with this sort of protests, you can be sure they'd be arresting people for inciting to violent overthrow of the government. And the Venezuelan parliament is trying to do just that: prosecute a right-wing MP whom they accuse of whipping up the violence and bloodshed. 28 people have been killed so far, of which 4 by security forces and the rest by terrorist gangs. www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/303352--venezuela-to-investigate-opposition-deputy-over-protests 

Under US law, advocating violent overthrow of the government in a hypothetical way, for instance, espousing Marxian ideas on the subject, is protected by the right to free speech. However, it is prohibited "where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action." It's clearly the intent of certain forces to incite to violence and bloodshed with a view to toppling the elected government, and Venezuela wants to hold these agitators responsible for the deaths of innocent people they are guilty of.

Mar. 13

Sniper attacks in Venezuela too. Simultaneous with Ukraine. hispanicnewsnetwork.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/venezuela-government-military-snipers-shoot-at-peaceful-demonstrators/

"Opposition activists blamed armed government supporters for shooting the student near his home in Valencia city, but the state governor said the shot came from snipers among protesters." http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/13/us-venezuela-protests

Mar. 7

www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2014/0305/Chavez-anniversary-Military-parade-and-opposition-protests-fight-for-attention-video On anniversary of Chavez' death, Maduro has difficulty filling his shoes, but protests are unlikely to topple his government. 

www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/06/what-americans-can-learn-from-venezuelan-democracy/ 
The Bolivarian Template - What Americans Can Learn From Venezuelan Democracy. 
The rightwing, which cannot get elected, is trying to depose the elected government with violent protests and Washington’s assistance.
Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves. At the heart of Venezuela’s current turmoil is Washington’s anger that Venezuela’s oil money is going to help its people and not into American shareholders’ pockets.
One of Mr. Chavez’s first major moves was to enact arguably one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. It provided a framework for widespread bottom up democratic reform and gave Venezuelans new political, civil and social rights.
As it stands, Venezuelans are able to recall elected representatives from their posts, and directly submit laws for discussion in the National Assembly, among other rights.
Perhaps one of the most outstanding aspects of Venezuelan democratic reform is the electoral system and the technology used to record, verify, and transmit votes. Voters touch a computer screen to cast their vote and then receive a paper receipt. This system makes vote-rigging nearly impossible. Former US President Jimmy Carter won a Nobel Peace prize for election monitoring and he called Venezuela’s recent election “the most democratic in the world.”
Venezuela’s “21st-century socialism” is a unique experiment in the pages of history. It stands in stark contrast with past socialist examples, like the Soviet Union, where the state seized control of the means of production and one revolutionary party had top down control of society. What makes Venezuela’s experience original is its emphasis on participatory democracy, the exercise of power from the community level. As Hugo Chávez proclaimed in 2007, “pure socialism has to be rooted in communal power, the communal councils.”
In recent years, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have been organizing tens of thousands of consejos comunales (communal councils). The councils are involved in everything from housing, education, forming cooperatives to supervising health care facilities.

US and Colombian organisations are working with Venezuela's rightwing political opposition to sabotage infrastructure, foment deadly street violence, exacerbate food scarcity and provoke an international intervention, according to leaked documents. venezuelanalysis.com/news/10148 The “Venezuelan Strategic Plan” outlines a 15 point campaign against the government.
“Maintain and increase the sabotage that affect the population's services, particularly the electricity system, that puts blame on the government for assumed inefficiencies and negligence,” it states.
This advice is followed by calls to, “Create situations of crisis in the streets that facilitate the intervention of North America and the forces of NATO, with support of the government of Colombia.”
“Whenever possible, the violence should cause deaths and injuries. Encourage hunger strikes of numerous days, massive mobilisations, problems in the universities and other sectors of society now identified with government institutions,” the document states.
Another point also states, “increase the problems with scarcity of basic products of the food basket.”
“President Maduro has denounced these plots over the past few months, but most international media, and local private media, have ridiculed him and dismissed the information.
The document was produced at the time of a meeting in June between US based FTI Consulting, and two Colombian linked to former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe.
The logos of all three organisations are present in the header.

www.nytimes.com/2014/03/01/world/americas/slum-dwellers-in-caracas-ask-what-protests.html The poorer neighborhoods are untouched by protests, they are enjoying what they can of the Chavez legacy. But the whole country has serious economic problems. In an attempt to slow inflation, the government has set prices for many goods, but this has led to empty shelves and a high scarcity rate.

Mar. 1, 2014

Color revolution tactic of photo fakery we saw in Syria repeated now in Venezuela http://www.globalresearch.ca/these-photos-being-shared-from-venezuela-are-fake/5370091 The charismatic and hugely popular Hugo Chavez couldn't be defeated by these means despite numerous attempts, so they murdered him with their cancer weapon, and his successor Maduro is now their target. 

truth-out.org/news/item/22121-venezuelas-deep-political-education-means-venezuelans-will-withstand-right-wing-protests 85% of Venezuelans see through the right wing color revolution tactics and support their Bolivarian revolution which has given them real grass-roots democracy at many levels.

More than 80% of Venezuelans disapprove of opposition protests www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/225465/mas-del-80-de-los-venezolanos-esta-en-desacuerdo-con-las-guarimbas-segun-una-encuesta-tabla/

Can Washington overthrow three governments at the same time? by Thierry Meyssan www.voltairenet.org/article182295.html
The power of a state is measured by its ability to defend itself and to attack on one or more fronts. In this context, Washington is trying for the first time to show it can overthrow three governments simultaneously: Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela. If it succeeds, no government would be henceforth able to resist it.