Juan Guaidó, the country’s rightful leader, was informed on Tuesday, April 30 that he would be arrested on Wednesday, May 1 by the regime of socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro. He called for demonstrations of protest, dubbed Operación Libertad, which initiated a series of uprising that was brutally suppressed by the Maduro government.
Guaidó and the protestors received words of support from President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton, who have long supported Guaidó and opposed the Maduro regime. A coalition of partner nations, including Colombia, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and more than 50 other countries, also support Guaidó. However, Maduro has yet to be ousted from power.
Heritage in the News:
Ana Quintana, a Heritage senior policy analyst focused on Latin America, spoke to the BBC about Russia’s outsized role in Madura’s regime. Watch
Senior Fellow Mike Gonzalez: “The Venezuelan people are taking the right steps to liberate themselves.” Watch
E.W. Richardson Fellow James Carafano on Venezuela: “Putin sticking a thumb in the U.S.’ eye.” Watch
Read The Daily Signal’s coverage of the Trump administration’s plan for a post-Maduro Venezuela here.
How should U.S. leaders react to the situation in Venezuela if Maduro continues to cling to power?