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Part 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela
"… these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."
Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'
In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

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Part 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/users/user20/pompeo_venezuela.png / U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks with Carlos Alberto Calles Castillo, Chair of the Permanent Council, during a meeting of the Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), on January 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"For the sake of the Venezuelan people, the region, and for the principle of national sovereignty, these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."

Common Dreams staff

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | As many American lawmakers, pundits, and advocacy groups remain conspicuously silent in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Venezuela's opposition leader as the "interim president"—a move that was denounced as open support for an attempted coup d'état—renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, filmmaker Boots Riley, and over 70 other academics and experts issued an open letter on Thursday calling on the Trump administration to "cease interfering in Venezuela's internal politics."



"The U.S. and its allies must cease encouraging violence by pushing for violent, extralegal regime change."  —Open Letter



"Actions by the Trump administration and its allies in the hemisphere are almost certain to make the situation in Venezuela worse, leading to unnecessary human suffering, violence, and instability," the letter reads. "The U.S. and its allies must cease encouraging violence by pushing for violent, extralegal regime change. If the Trump administration and its allies continue to pursue their reckless course in Venezuela, the most likely result will be bloodshed, chaos, and instability."

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Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/us_coup_venezuela.jpg?itok=DMpPrcJ8 / Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido declares self interim president as thousands of people protest against Nicolás Maduro on January 23, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. Many countries including the US, Canada and Chile have recognized officially recognized Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela. (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images)

In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela officially cut off dipomatic ties with the U.S. government on Wednesday—and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country—in response to President Donald Trump declaring formal recognition of an opposition lawmaker as the "Interim President" of Venezuela, despite not being elected by the nation's people for that position.



"They intend to govern Venezuela from Washington. Do you want a puppet government controlled by Washington?" —Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro



"Before the people and nations of the world, and as constitutional president," declared Maduro to a crowd of red-shirted supporters gathered outside the presidential residence in Caracas, "I've decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government."

Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams

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