Venezuela’s US-backed opposition leaders are openly calling for a military coup and a small group of national guardsmen tried and failed on Monday to pull one off.
“All we want is to be free, all we want is to be independent, all we want is to be a sovereign country. We just want to be a happy, united nation with its own national spirit. If that’s a threat to the United States, then we will be a threat.”
Use of force by Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Guard has become a regular sight in corporate media, and those actions are used by foreign powers as justification for intervention. With very real possibilities of another US-backed coup, Abby Martin interviews the head of Venezuela’s Armed Forces and Minister of Defense, General Padrino López.