Since Hugo Chavez’s February 1999 ascension to power, Washington wanted Venezuela’s bad old days restored—fascism replacing Bolivarian social democratic freedoms.
Multiple attempts failed to remove Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. For weeks, US-orchestrated street violence again rages, along with economic war since Maduro’s April 2013 election.
Manipulated street rage is part of the latest plot to destabilize the country, wanting him made vulnerable to toppling.
On May Day in Caracas, he called for convening a constitutionally permitted constituent assembly, saying, “I convoke the original constituent power to achieve the peace needed by the Republic, defeat the fascist coup, and let the sovereign people impose peace, harmony and true national dialogue. I don’t want a civil war.”
Let the popular will, “the communities, the peasants” rewrite constitutional provisions to help restore peace and stability.
It’s unclear how he intends doing it. Straightaway in office, Chavez let Venezuelan voters decide whether to convene a national constituent assembly—to draft a new Bolivarian Constitution.
They overwhelmingly approved. Three months later, National Assembly elections were held. Chavistas won 95% of the seats.
They drafted a Bolivarian constitution. A second referendum followed. Venezuelans again overwhelmingly approved it. Historic provisions became law.
No constitution anywhere matches it, a living document Venezuelans cherish, shaming America’s. How Maduro wants it changed is unclear.
The NYT is militantly anti-Bolivarian, supporting opposition fascists since Chavez first took office.
During the aborted two-day April 2002 coup, its editorial board lied, saying, “With [the] resignation of President Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator.”
“Mr. Chavez, a ruinous demagogue, stepped down after the military intervened and handed power to a respected business leader, Pedro Carmona.”
Chavez was the world’s leading social democrat. Carmona was a US-handpicked puppet, chosen to serve its interests.
Two current leading opposition fascists supported and participated in the coup—defeated presidential aspirant Henrique Capriles and convicted coup-plotter/violence inciter Leopoldo Lopez Maduro calls a violent “fascista.”
In late March, The Times outrageously claimed Venezuela was “descend[ing] into dictatorship.” Following Maduro’s announced constituent assembly plan, it criticized what it called “desperation [because of his] unpopular government . . . an effort to divert attention” from street violence”—made in the USA, complicit with anti-Bolivarian fascists, it failed to explain.
Manipulated street violence continues, raging since April 4, responsible for 32 deaths, hundreds of injuries and numerous arrests.
Venezuela’s military supports Maduro so far, backing Bolivarianism over US-controlled fascist dictatorship.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com. His new book as editor and contributor is “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Visit his blog at sjlendman.blogspot.com . Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.