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Did Venezuelan opposition seek US coup?

Posted by Charles II on June 28, 2013

That’s what the Venezuelan government is claiming in releasing a recording of a conversation between two opposition figures.

Ryan Mallett-Outrim, Venezuela Analysis:

The Venezuelan government released a recording that allegedly shows that one of the leaders head of the country’s opposition coalition discussed a possible coup with U.S. State Department officials.

On Wednesday morning the Minister of Communication and Information, Ernesto Villegas and Caracas mayor Jorge Rodriguez released an audio recording that they alleged showed opposition legislator Maria Corina Machado speaking to a Venezuelan academic, Germán Carrera Damas.

In the recording, Machado discusses the outcome of the April 14 presidential election. She states that the head of the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable’s (MUD) Ramon Guillermo Aveledo advocated for a “coup” or other destabilisation plan to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

When presenting the recording to Venezuelan media, Rodriguez stated that the material was handed to the him by an opposition activist, commenting that its content “violates the constitution in a terrifying way”.

The opposition has previously released a recording suggesting that General Diosdado Cabello is engaged in corruption and plotting against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. A journalist whose voice is heard in the recording says that the tape is “a set-up.”

3 Responses to “Did Venezuelan opposition seek US coup?”

  1. This sounds heartening:

    The legislator also states, “Jaua’s meeting with Kerry seems to me terrible”. On 5 June U.S. secretary of state John Kerry met with Venezuela’s foreign minister Elias Jaua at the request of the Venezuelan government. Following the meeting, both Kerry and Jaua stated that they had agreed to improve U.S.-Venezuelan relations.

    The fact that the coup plotters would see this as bad news means that Kerry, at least, wasn’t interested in backing, officially or otherwise, a right-wing coup.

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