Is Venezuela on the Verge of War?

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The Venezuelan people are mad as hell and they are not going to take it anymore! Do you remember the infamous phrase from the epic movie The Network where Peter Finch, who plays a news anchor, goes mad and rants on national TV about the way he was feeling in that particular moment in his life? Well, just like Finch, the people of Venezuela have had enough of their President Nicolas Maduro and want to put an end to the 20-year dictatorships that has destroyed the country.

This past Friday, musicians, and celebrities from around the world gathered together in Cúcuta, a Colombian city at the Venezuelan border, for a free concert in benefit of the people of Venezuela. The Venezuela Live Aid Concert was organized by Richard Branson to raise awareness and money to bring aid of all sorts to the beleaguered country. Juan Guaidó, interim president of Venezuela, manifested his gratitude to attendees, performers, and organizers alike and affirms that freedom is closer than we think.

For weeks international aid has languished at the Colombian and Brazilian border, as Venezuela’s government keeps denying access, but on Saturday the opposition’s attempt to introduce more than 500 tons of humanitarian aid in Venezuela, resulted in plain failure. Trailers transporting basic need products, medicine, food, and water were set on fire by order of Maduro, unleashing a tumultuous fight between the military and civilians. While Maduro prevailed in the border showdown, the sun does not shine brightly in his favor, as the whole country started to talk of a need of foreign intervention.

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Since President Trump announced his stance on the matter, the Venezuelan community living in The United States has been waiting for him to say whether the US will intervene once and for all. His administration has backed Guaidó since day one. Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, took to twitter to reassure the world that America “would take action against those who oppose the peaceful restoration of democracy in Venezuela.”


Today Guaidó met with Vice President Mike Pence in Colombia, where they discussed what is the next step to further pressure Maduro into deserting and the sanctions that will be imposed on Venezuelan officials, that are Maduro’s allies, by the Trump administration. Moreover, Pence announced they will provide an additional $56 million in aid and he urged Latin American countries to transfer the control of assents from Maduro to Guaidó.

“I want to assure you, President Guaidó, that the tragic events of the past weekend have only steeled the resolve of the United States of America,” Mr. Pence said. “We are with you 100 percent.”

With some being for it and some against the intervention, the American people are having flashbacks and wonder: will this be another Iraq?  

 

By Cynthia Paola Bautista 


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