The international mainstream media has largely sided with Venezuela’s self-appointed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaidó in recent days. But it’s leaving out some important facts about the US-backed opposition leader. Why? Because these facts threaten Washington’s pro-coup narrative that is being parroted throughout the Western corporate-owned press.
Will the real Juan Guaidó please stand up?
The Guardian has quoted US national security advisor John Bolton uncritically, while portraying Guaidó as a heroic figure. But it completely glosses over the reality of who Guaidó is, as do other mainstream outlets.
Independent journalists, however, have now set the record straight. Writing at the Grayzone, Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal offer a powerful rebuke of the idea that Guaidó is some kind of people’s champion poised to deliver Venezuela from evil. They point out that he is, in fact, an obscure figure in Venezuelan politics, who fewer than one in five Venezuelans had even heard of before the coup. And they add that his political party is a “politically marginal far-right group” that is “closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence”, stating:
While Guaidó is today sold as the face of democratic restoration, he spent his career in the most violent faction of Venezuela’s most radical opposition party, positioning himself at the forefront of one destabilization campaign after another. His party has been widely discredited inside Venezuela, and is held partly responsible for fragmenting a badly weakened opposition.
Far from having a base of support among ordinary Venezuelans, Guaidó is rather “the product of more than a decade of assiduous grooming by the US government’s elite regime change factories.” As Cohen and Blumenthal say:
Alongside a cadre of right-wing student activists, Guaidó was cultivated to undermine Venezuela’s socialist-oriented government, destabilize the country, and one day seize power. Though he has been a minor figure in Venezuelan politics, he had spent years quietly demonstrat[ing] his worthiness in Washington’s halls of power.
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