What’s Going on in Venezuela Now?

Leslie Nunez, Staff Writer

Chaos in Venezuela continues after a three month effort to remove President Nicolas Maduro, who was re-elected President in May 2018. Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself as the rightful president in January, was able to fire up some rallies and lead some opposition to the Maduro regime in what he called the “final stage” of this chaos.

However, after 12 weeks, it looks like Guaido, despite support from 12 Latin American countries, Canada, Spain, France, the United States and many other countries, will not overtake Maduro.

On May 1st, thousands of protestors rallied in Caracas, the nation’s capital, in favor of Guaido after “a failed effort to ignite a military uprising a day earlier,” according to Anthony Faiola of The Washington Post. Protesters were confronted by military in a clash that quickly sparked violence. Guaido came together with these protesters in order to, once again, look to gain power in the fight to get President Maduro out of office. Unfortunately for Guaido and his followers, it would not be enough, as Maduro came in stronger with not only military, but also his own supporters.

Vice President, Edgar Zambrano of Venezuela’s opposition controlled National Assembly was detained by intelligence officers on Wednesday May 8th, for his support to the rallies that happened May 1st. According to Anatoly Kurmanaev of The New York Times, “He is at least the fourth prominent ally of Mr. Guaidó to be detained or forced to flee the country since January.”

Although Guaido has now been part of several failed attempts to get Maduro out of power, he is still supported by the surrounding Latin American countries and the US. It seems as though the countries supporting Guaido have not done much to support his efforts, however. According to Lionel Beehner of USA Today, “The U.S. government has wavered on what to do in Venezuela,” but “Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is considering asking the US military to get more involved.” Maduro is backed up by countries like Russia and Cuba. Emily Tamkin of The Washington Post described a phone call between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying, “It was indicated that continuing these aggressive steps would be fraught with the most serious consequences.”

Until the issues related to the government are resolved,  the Venezuelan people, unfortunately, will continue to live in great poverty as they continue to struggle to survive in a nation that is suffering from a number of social issues related to the conflict. The outcome of this situation is unknown, both sides have support from many people and other countries, but Maduro does continue to have more power.