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Venezuela Update #2

By V.J Wakefeild

     Sorry for the wait, but now, onto update #2. According to a news website called Reuters and an article written by Brian Ellsworth, “A Venezuelan general called on the country’s armed forces on Sunday to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro, who has relied on the backing of the military to hold on to power despite an economic collapse” (Ellsworth para 1). What this means for the country is that they might be starting to stand up against the tyrannical government that they have. This general is “Ramon Rangel, who identified himself as an air force general…” ( Ellsworth para 2). He made a youtube video addressing the people of Venezuela and saying ” “We have to find a way to get rid of the fear, to go out into the streets, to protest, and to seek a military union to change this political system,” Rangel, dressed in a suit with a copy of the constitution in his hand, said in a video posted on YouTube. “It’s time to rise up”” (Ellsworth, Rangel para 3). This means that he is telling the people to stand up, fight for freedom fearlessly. However, it is not so cut and dry. As explained by the article, “While Rangel’s pronouncement marks another blow to Maduro after a handful of similar defections by senior officers this year, there is little to indicate that he will tip the scales” (Ellsworth para 4).

     The reason why is because most of Venezuela’s military is still on Maduro’s side. “Officers who have disavowed Maduro have fled the country and the military top brass – most notably those who command troops – continues to recognize Maduro” (Ellsworth para 5). This would mean is that even though this is like a punch to the gut, this might not indicate that he will make a critical difference because the military is still loyal to Maduro. And there is more to the story. And it suggests that Rangel is not all he seems. According to the article, they said that Rangel has actually fled Colombia last month and is now known as a traitor to the people. “Air Force Commander Pedro Juliac posted a picture of Rangel on Twitter on Sunday with the words “traitor to the Venezuelan people and the revolution” printed across the image. Rangel was an active military officer who fled to Colombia last month, according to a source close to Venezuela’s military who asked not to be identified. Unlike other officers who have made similar pronouncements, Rangel did not voice support for Juan Guaido – the opposition leader who invoked the constitution in January to assume the interim presidency, arguing that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was a fraud” (Ellsworth para 6,7,8).

     I’m not sure how to interpret this however I hope that after reading this article where the information that you would interpret it your way and in the comments tell me what you think about this.   

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-military/its-time-to-rise-up-venezuelan-general-tells-military-officers-in-video-idUSKCN1SJ03W 

Thank you for reading!

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