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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says the protesters are being influenced by the US, who wants their oil. This is highly possible, and Latin American history would suggest likely. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Maz Jobrani, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Venezuela’s president has accused the US of using continuing street protests to attempt a “slow-motion” Ukraine-style coup against his government and “get their hands on Venezuelan oil”.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Nicolás Maduro, elected last year after the death of Hugo Chávez, said what he described as a “revolt of the rich” would fail because the country’s “Bolivarian revolution” was more deeply rooted than when it had seen off an abortive US-backed coup against Chávez in 2002.

Venezuela, estimated to have the world’s largest oil reserves, has faced continuous violent street protests – focused on inflation, shortages and crime – since the beginning of February, after opposition leaders launched a campaign to oust Maduro and his socialist government under the slogan of “the exit”.

“They are trying to sell to the world the idea that the protests are some of sort of Arab spring,” he said. “But in Venezuela, we have already had our spring: our revolution that opened the door to the 21st century”.”*

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Hosts: Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, Maz Jobrani
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38 thoughts on “Protests Escalating In Venezuela

  1. "Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says the protesters are being influenced by the US, who wants their oil. This is highly possible, and Latin American history would suggest likely."

    You shameless pieces of shit. You just had to get that in there, didn't you? You call yourselves liberals yet eat up every bullshit excuse by dictators as long as they hate the US. Chavez and Maduro turned what was once the most prosperous country in Latin America into a shithole that is short on toilet paper. They are robbing the country blind and sending armed thugs at protesters who have had enough of them.
    But nooo, let's not miss a chance to throw the deranged far lefties a bone.

    Eat shit, assholes.

  2. Sorry but Venezuela is fucked. That temporary prosperity emboldened them to pretend they were a developed nation ready for more socialism, but in the end, it was short lived and it fucked them because they didn't think it out thoroughly enough.

  3. The Young Turks are definitely bias toward capitalism and imperialism no doubt about that. This is a great channel but they don't have the knowledge or choose not to be inform in so many aspects. The mistake made confusing Fidel Castro with his brother Raul says it all. Americans see Cuba as a "bad" country" they can't understand that the image of both Venezuela and Cuba has been distorted over the years to give a false view of what is really going on. Cuba has helped greatly Venezuela and vise versa. But hey that is not going to help the young Turks make a point across. It's unbelievable that US being part of the continent knows so little or nothing about the region.

  4. I think the young turk need to investigate this story little bit more the so called opession they are backt by imf and CIA mr Lopez Has tis with the bankers zoo little more re search more

  5. Do you even realize these people are fighting socialist/communists fucks such as yourselves? How dumb are you to not even know you are on the Road the Serfdom? The only difference between you and Maduro is the stage you are at on this road. Maduro is late stage, you are early, that's it. Read the book by F. Hayek and do yourselves a favor.

  6. Venezuelan people are so naive and dumb. They still drool over their god Chavez and think all their misery is due to the new govt. But it was Chavez' extreme socialist policies that crushed the Venezuelan economy. The rest of the world saw it coming but as long as Venezuelan citizens were getting lots of stuff for free, Chavez remained popular. They were living off of high petrol prices and enjoying the free ride. Everyone warned Venezuela to get their shit together for when the party is over, but they didn't listen. Now they're paying the price. And that's what's crazy — instead of looking back and realizing their mistake, they're worshiping Chavez and blaming his successor.

  7. This will happen in the U.S eventually but it will take a bit longer to feel it's full effects the collapse is coming for this country and the patricians and oligarchs will be fine but the rest of us will be fucked…

  8. It's not just Americans that focus almost predominantly on their insular issues. As long as the true majority is unaware of how they are exploited, its conveniently easy for a manipulative minority to continue to do so for as long as the majority does not recognise the reality of their common situation. I'm from Kenya and I watch TYT a lot because as Maz Jobrani says, I'm learning so much about how so many injustices are/can be perpetrated right before one's very eyes. I'm a young person and it's heartening for me to realise that there are actually ways that exploitative methods and methodologies may be eradicated at their root, simply by knowing the strategy of those that would use them to disenfranchise us all. Thanks! I'll be sure to make a donation soon!

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