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What's going on in Venezuela?

BBC reports mass protests.


longer "on the ground" report from LauraVidal at globalvoices:

As we write this story, people are gathering in large numbers in major cities like Maracaibo, Barquisimeto, and the capital Caracas, as well as smaller towns. The rallies were called by Juan Guaidó, the new President of the country's opposition-controlled National Assembly, who earlier this month publicly denounced Maduro's legitimacy and proposed to invoke an article of the 1999 constitution that would install a transitional government with Guaidó as president. Speaking at a protest in Caracas this afternoon, Guaidó swore himself in as the acting president of Venezuela.
Soon thereafter, the United States’ president Donald Trump publicly recognized Guaidó as the country's legitimate ruler, with most governments in the region — such as Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador — as well as the Organization of American States, following suit (notable exceptions were Mexico and Bolivia).
Colombia has also recognized the new government, which is important considering one million Venezuealan refugees have fled there and relations between the two countries are getting to the tipping point because of a recent car bombing 

The car bomb has upset many in Colombian whose economy was improving after. the main rebel group/drug cartel friendly group FARC signed a peace treaty: but this is another group: ELF...

Venezuela's government is allowing the drug cartels and ELF rebels to hide and train there, including the bomb maker...and many worry that this bombing is a sign that the horrid war will go back on.

UK Guardian notes that the key to if the revolution survives is if the military backs the people. 

Sigh. In our prayers.

update: The Catholic bishops are backing the opposition.

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What's going on in Venezuela?


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