On 20 May 2018 Chávez successor Maduro was re-elected President of Venezuela with 68% of the vote. The opposition MUD Party boycotted the election, and turnout was 46%. Maduro had asked the Carter Center to send an observation team, but they declined. Facing crippling economic sanctions by the US and other right-wing regimes, President Maduro has maintained welfare programs.
On Monday (3 days ago) Sgt. Wandres Figueroa led a small group of soldiers in an attempted coup that took four hostages but failed. National Assembly President Juan Guaido tweeted (falsely) that this revolt reflected “the generalized feelings within the Armed Forces.” Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled that the National Assembly’s attempt to claim the executive office is invalid.
On Tuesday the National Assembly moved to grant amnesty for civilians and military officials rising up against Maduro’s government.
Yesterday after Trump recognized Guaido as President, Maduro cut diplomatic ties with the US, rejecting the invasive policies of the US empire and Trump.
The United States has a shameful history of persecuting socialist nations in Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Venezuela and helping to overthrow governments in South Korea in 1945, Egypt in 1952, Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, the Congo and Laos in 1960, Dominican Republic in 1961 and 1965, South Vietnam in 1963, Brazil in 1964, Indonesia in 1965 and 1997, Greece in 1967, Bolivia in 1971, Chile in 1973, Afghanistan in 1979, El Salvador in 1980, Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989, Haiti in 1991, Yugoslavia in 2000, Iraq in 2003, and Libya in 2011.