August 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm
(GPA) — The US corporate media has spent months championing the cause of everyone they know in Venezuela, even the slightest of publicly known figures, as long as they are willing to go on record and slander the government of Nicolas Maduro. These quotes are religiously parroted by every major US media outlet that only wants readers, viewers and listeners to hear one side of the ongoing fight in Venezuela.
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This article is meant to help clear up a lot of the questions that are left unanswered by US media, and to do that, we have to dissect a few key aspects of the current situation. In order to understand the Venezuelan opposition better, we should look closely at three key pieces of this puzzle:
  1. Who the opposition is and the methods they use.
  2. US backing of the opposition and what happens in other countries where US backed opposition is allowed to operate.
  3. And finally, what exactly the alleged “brutal crackdowns” by Maduro have actually entailed.
The Venezuelan Opposition: Peaceful Resistance or the ‘Moderate Rebels’ of Caracas?
If your primary source for news on the crisis in Venezuela is the US corporate media, it’s likely you have a certain image that comes to mind when you hear about the Venezuelan opposition. If you believe outlets like CNN or The New York Times it’s likely you conjure up an image of the opposition as a faceless mass of hungry and poor people risking it all to stand against tyranny in a massive fight for some subjective concepts like “freedom.”
Now this idea of brave everyday people protesting on the ground level probably has some truth behind it, but like most “uprisings” of this nature, the civilians in the street aren’t the ones responsible for the planning and logistics behind the scenes. The truth however, is that the forces that are actually behind this AstroTurf  movement are much more sinister than the average protester and promote methods that are well beyond anything that would be considered ‘peaceful and democratic’ opposition.
The opposition leaders may claim they share in the suffering endured by regular Venezuelans, and feel the same pain