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Venezuela's VP to Mike Pence: 'Yankee, Go Home'
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:32

Excerpt: "Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez Tuesday said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was 'openly calling for a coup d'état in Venezuela' after Pence issued a video message of support to the Venezuelan opposition to encourage those who are protesting against President Nicolas Maduro."

Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodriguez. (photo: Reuters)
Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodriguez. (photo: Reuters)

Venezuela's VP to Mike Pence: 'Yankee, Go Home'

By teleSUR

23 January 19

While the so-called Lima Group and the U.S. refused to recognize Maduro's new mandate, many progressive governments and international organizations have shown support and solidarity to Maduro.

enezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez Tuesday said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was "openly calling for a coup d'état in Venezuela " after Pence issued a video message of support to the Venezuelan opposition to encourage those who are protesting against President Nicolas Maduro and underline U.S. backing for opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, the self-appointed head of the suspended National Assembly.

The Venezuelan VP's statement followed an earlier message from Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez who said Pence was, "promoting instability and violence in Venezuela."

"Because Mr. Pence doesn't have a job, now he wants to come and run Venezuela, handing out instructions on what should happen in Venezuela tomorrow," Rodriguez said in a press in a short statement following Pence's interventionist message. "Openly calling for a coup d'état in Venezuela. I will say it like the Venezuelan people would say it to you, 'Yankee, go home.' We're not going to allow you to intrude on issues of the country of Bolivar and the country of Hugo Chavez."

Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday plans to hold marches nationwide as part of an annual event that marks the fall of a military government in 1958.

In a taped video message in English with a few Spanish words and phrases mixed in, Pence, who has lashed out at Maduro before, declared him a "dictator" who has no rightful claim to power.

Pence declared U.S. support again for Guaido, with whom he spoke by phone earlier this month, and the suspended National Assembly, which he leads, as the "last vestige of democracy." Pence said Washington supported Guaido's decision to assert the body's powers, declare Maduro a "usurper" and push for a transitional government to be established.

The decision by the suspended National Assembly to appoint Guaido as the head of the body was invalidated by the country's Supreme Court because the body itself has been in contempt of court since 2016. 

On Jan. 11, 2016, the Supreme Court of Justice declared the National Assembly in contempt of court for swearing in three deputies from the self-appointed Unity Roundtable (MUD) elected by the state of Amazonas in December 2015. The three Indigenous legislators should have been temporarily suspended because of voting irregularities in that region, but instead took possession of their seats on July 28.

The contempt of court is maintained to this day because the new board of the assembly refuses to accept the judgments of the top court.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was inaugurated for a second term in office on Jan. 10 and his term would last until 2025. His new term comes amid continuing economic war against the country and its people using harsh economic sanctions led by the United States in an effort to oust Maduro and his progressive government.

While the so-called Lima Group, the United States and other right-wing governments refused to recognize Maduro's new mandate, many progressive governments and international organizations have shown support and solidarity to Maduro. It is a critical moment for the region and the world amid a rise in right-wing politics and governments such as that of far-right Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.

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+12 # BetaTheta 2019-01-23 10:13
Whatever one thinks of Maduro and his government, Pence's "con" job is just another example of shameful Norteamericano meddling, bound to backfire and foment more hatred of the Gringo in Latin America. All it accomplished was to make Pence feel sanctimoniously good about himself.
-2 # Anne Frank 2019-01-23 11:21
And the deep state-owned corporate media are calling for a coup d'etat in the U.S.A., as well. When the "intelligence" community and military bureaucrats took the oath to defend the Constitution they were lying.
0 # Texas Aggie 2019-01-23 20:29
There will never be a coup d'etat in the US because there is no US embassy in Washington. The only place you find coups is where the US embassy supported some military strong man.
+6 # dotlady 2019-01-23 11:38
Could the US be interested in cutting into Venezuela's oil by any chance. You know, part of MAGA?
+3 # tedrey 2019-01-23 13:11
That's been a given for years.
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-01-23 11:49
About time someone in this hemisphere called out the Colonialist US Empire so frankly.
+9 # WorkingClass 2019-01-23 11:52
Our policy toward Central and South American nations is decades old and continues to interfere in their internal domestic affairs. All for the purpose of making the hemisphere safe for corporate domination. Democracy is an after-thought and only comes into play if the leadership of the other nation accepts our business interest. All this has opened the door to China who will be/are investing more in this area of the world. Move over USA - we are fading fast and much of it due to our own policy.
+1 # Texas Aggie 2019-01-23 20:31
True enough. If it weren't for US corporate policy in Venezuela, a lot of the problem would never have occurred and there would never have been a need for someone like Chavez to take over.
+3 # HCantanhede 2019-01-23 13:05
Does the American VP work for the American citizen and taxpayer, or does he work for the Big Sisters, malignant entities as we may never know how evil they are? How imperialist can one be? Or how Christian??
+2 # Salus Populi 2019-01-23 15:28
Always remember what the celebrated "liberal" Cold Warrior John F. Kennedy said about our love for "democracy": as Noam Chomsky paraphrases his statement, 'we would be in favor of decent democratic regimes, but if there is a danger of a Castro we will always support a Trujillo.'

By a "Castro" is meant, not a communist or a stooge of the Soviet uNion, here, but a liberal democrat who allows unions to flourish, freedom of the press, and free elections, but does not automatically toe the line when given orders by the imperial godfather, namely us. By a Trujillo is meant a vicious fascist dictator who runs a realm of kleptocracy, torture, mass murder, and concentration camps for peaceful dissidents.

While Kennedy talked a great line about progress and moral values that supposedly guided our foreign policy, in practice, he supported the worst butchers in the world as long as they were U.S. subordinates, euphemized as "allies."

Even as James Clapper ululates about the "genetic predisposition to nefarious behavio among all Russians, it is the U.S. owning class and its wholly owned government that is inherently sociopathic and murderous.

Of course, since the crass media is owned by those same monsters, you'll never see the U.S. system described in that way, but rather as the shining light on the hill, to be like which every decent government should aspire.

As Dylan put it, "Vomit and jealousy's all that he sells as he's content to keep you under his thumb."
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-23 18:54
Looks like Trump may have found his "wag the dog." Today the US regime declared Maduro an illegitimate president and recognized Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela. In response, Maduro ordered all US government personnel out of the country. Trump said "all options are on the table." The media said this could include a naval blockade of Venezuela harbors and oil. This would be an act of war against Venezuela.

Two things are strange. This aggressive regime change seems to be led by Pence as noted above. But Trump is probably looking to give the mass media some crisis that will distract them from the government shutdown. Maybe Pence is running the distraction con job.

Clearly what the US is doing is illegal. But a nation like Venezuela really has no one to turn to. The UN has always been worthless against American regime change wars. The OAS is totally worthless. Who can stop US aggression. The American people are too stupid and too apathetic to stop their own government. And worst of all, it Trump goes to war against Venezuela, many democrats will be howling with praise for him. He will become "presidential" again. Makes me sick.
+2 # Salus Populi 2019-01-24 18:36
So far, only Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, and Mexico, along with Evo Morales's Bolivia and Raul Castro's Cuba, have declared their support for the constitutionall y legitimate and fairly elected presidency of Maduro.

Eleven of the so-called "Lima group," out of 14, have joined the lawless cabal that demands that Venezuelan oil be managed by el Norte and its puppet. This includes Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, all of which have had their center-left governments overthrown by U.S. supported and probably instigated fascist coups; the terror state of Guatemala; the cocaine contras of Colombia; and Honduras, whose elected government, which was about as far to the left as Mario Cuomo's New York a few years back, was overthrown, its courts dismissed, its constitution invalidated, all by military coup in the dawn of the Nobel Peace Prize Presidency at the malign urging and immediate support of Hillary Clinton's state department in 2009. The Secretary of the OAS, who has a personal vendetta going against both Maduro and Venezuela, also joined in the pigpile.