A great piece in The Guardian on recent Venezuelan unrest with a print and video interview with Pres. Nicolas Maduro.
Maduro claims that the U.S. is almost directly involved with the middle- to upper-class revolt their in an effort to procure Venezuela’s vast oil reserves.
I am not backing that assessment but the U.S. has had a century of destabilizing activity in Latin America. The evidence is clear.
But what is important to take away from this piece, and the protests in general, is that it’s the revolution of the rich. U.S. political assessments of it are wrong. It is not a “Spring” revolt.
Now there are problems in Venezuela, and The Guardian lists them, but they are getting better as The Guardian also reports. It’s like Maduro said in the interview: “What country doesn’t have problems?”
There is no justification in these protests which are a coup attempt to overthrow a democratically elected government without major crime.