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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Domino effect: Venezuela rocked by protests for the resignation of Maduro

Venezuela is undergoing a new round of popular protests, which have long been held in a Latin American country amid weak economic indicators. In Caracas, a demonstration for the resignation of current President Nicolas Maduro gathered hundreds of thousands of participants. According to estimates of the organizers of the protest March, it was attended by 950 thousand to 1.1 million people.

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According to ABC News, the protesters arrived in the capital from different regions of the country. The main slogans were “fast Venezuela” and “Government will fall”. Protest action with the requirement to hold a referendum on the resignation of Maduro were peaceful, but the streets were deployed by security forces.

In the result of clashes between police and demonstrators happened, is detained. According to the organizers of the opposition March, this is not the last event of this kind in the near future we should wait for other demonstrations.

Simultaneously with the protests in Caracas rally supporters of Maduro, which was addressed by the President himself. He accused the opposition of attempting a coup d’etat, orchestrated from abroad. The unrest, according to Maduro, are the United States.

“If they come with coups and political violence, the revolution will have a huge response, – quotes Associated Press of a word of the Venezuelan leader. We are going to tighten the political, social and economic plans… I Have a plan, and I’m not afraid”.

“First, Venezuela is experiencing a very large economic problems that dropped the price of its main export product – oil – talks about the causes of the protests “MK” chief editor of the magazine “Latin America” Vladimir Travkin. Is difficult to carry out social programs that are long enough and successfully led socialist government. Second, in the country after the death of President Hugo Chavez changed the political situation. Recently in the parliamentary elections in Venezuela, the opposition got a big advantage. Therefore, the legislative party of the ruling regime is not controlled. It inspires the opposition, but there is a certain problem: it is not common.

Opposition can do in Parliament, because it has representatives from the extreme left to the right. It is not always possible to negotiate. They have no single leader, although the largest piece is Henrique Capriles – the man who has great experience: he is a former Chairman of the lower house of Parliament, Governor and a rich man. He was the main rival like Chavez and Maduro. The judiciary controlled by the Executive, i.e. President. Also, they are monitored by law enforcement agencies. Against this background the opposition has a strong desire to hold a referendum that will decide the presidency. But Maduro does not want to put the foot and lower the bayonets.”

According to experts, the supporters of the Maduro is the Venezuelan people who still like Chavez. “These are people who were poor, – says Vladimir Travkin, but their situation has improved thanks to social programs conducted by Chavez and Maduro at the beginning of his mandate. This is a fairly large number of people, which can also go out in support of Maduro. They are unlikely to vote for his dismissal. Counting them is very difficult… Such an important thing as the media, most are not on the side of the ruling regime: Venezuela is a democratic country, and there is no clip media. In the press expressed a variety of opinions: there are supporters of Maduro, and those who almost Mat pours. This factor should not be discounted.

There is another factor. The opposition, which believes that it is time to stop sharing with the poor of their income, has good support from the US, which Venezuelan regime is hostile. And one more thing. Now in Latin America is the neoliberal offensive forces in the U.S. to regimes that until recently, we could characterize as center-left. The change of power in Argentina, there is still ambiguous. The center-right there is no control of Parliament, and in their hands less than half the country’s provinces. A serious problem in Brazil, deposed as Dilma Rousseff. The fact that in Brazil, there was, as the Rousseff called the “parliamentary coup” that introduces a large element of instability in this vast country. This is reflected in the position of neighbors, which include Venezuela. Maybe it’s the Domino effect.”


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