To Coup or Not to Coup, in Venezuela

What could have been… this image from the 2002 coup, when Hugo Chavez was thrown out of power for 72 hours, and somehow talked his way back into it!

Minimal or no coverage in US or Canadian media, but these links are from the BBC and the Guardian:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31464248

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/13/venezuelan-plot-topple-president-maduro

The articles make the point that Maduro often alleges coups or conspiracies by foreign powers, as a way to distract attention from the very real social and economic problems in Venezuela. But the conspiracies may be real, for all that.

However, when is a coup not a coup? The parties responsible say that it wasn’t, that it was only military action against their head of state, justified by their belief that he isn’t exercising power in the right way:

http://en.mercopress.com/2013/10/15/venezuelan-retired-officers-justify-military-action-against-maduro-and-claim-it-s-not-a-coup-d-etat

Seems to me to be pretty familiar rhetoric, with an identical end state… reminds me of that group of mutants the Oath Keepers in the US. Also interesting that these coup plotters are also “birthers” who claim that Maduro was born in Colombia, and therefore cannot rule Venezuela!

Anyway, just another end-of-player-turn shenanigan in Caudillo….

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