90 Percent of Venezuelans Want Foreign Military to Oust Maduro, POLL
Citizens believe the rogue regimes in Russia and Cuba have colonized their country
The majority of Venezuelans are prepared to support a foreign military intervention to oust socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, according to a revealing poll.
Venezuela's citizens believe the rogue regimes in Russia and Cuba have colonized their country, the national polling firm Meganálisis found.
When asked if the federal legislature, the National Assembly, should approve foreign military missions in Venezuela, a massive 89.5 percent said yes.
A further 91.2 percent said they did not believe it was possible for Venezuelans to remove Maduro without the help of foreign military intervention.
And 88 percent said they did not trust the nation’s armed forces.
There is a growing sentiment that Venezuelans believe their country is already under foreign control, hence the demand for foreign intervention.
Almost nine out of ten people (87.9 percent) said they agreed with the statement “Venezuela has been intervened and controlled by Cuba and Russia.”
Maduro’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza traveled to Moscow this weekend and stated that the regime is considering asking Russia to send more troops to quell protesters.
According to Breitbart: Venezuelans, at 87.6 percent, also rejected the concept of another “dialogue” between Guaidó’s political faction and Maduro.
Guaidó’s socialist Popular Will party joined a coalition of opposition parties called the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) in 2014 that involved in talks with the Maduro regime for years.
Maduro used the chance to transfer the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) out to kill and arbitrarily arrest peaceful protesters.
Venezuela today boasts 273 political prisoners as of May 3, according to human rights groups on the ground.
Meganalisis completed the poll between May 2 and 4, in the immediate aftermath of Guaidó announcing a military uprising to oust Maduro finally.
Guaidó was sworn in as president in January after Maduro’s last presidential term lapsed, but Maduro refused to leave the presidential palace and still retains control of the nation’s military through his top officers.
On April 30, Guaidó appeared at an airbase at dawn announcing that those senior officers had agreed to remove Maduro and that the military would need civilians to take the streets to help them remove the final vestiges of the socialist regime.
That never materialized, however, and Maduro’s soldiers launched a campaign of repression in response that has killed five people so far.
The youngest victim was 14 years old.
The poll found that Venezuelans are puzzled as to who their president is.
While about half (49.8 percent) accept President Juan Guaidó as the legitimate head of state, another 35.4 percent of people said they “do not know” who the president of Venezuela is.
Less than 5 percent recognize Maduro as president. Guaidó’s support has fallen since April 1, when Meganalisis’ monthly poll found that 54.9 percent of Venezuelans recognized Guaidó as their president, but so has Maduro’s, as 6.6 of Venezuelans accepted his legitimacy last month.
The most significant increase was in the “don’t know” category, which saw a nearly 10-percent rise.
Meganalisis surveyed 1,120 people for their results, targeting the 16 most populous states and a sampling of 32 cities nationwide.
Ambivalence about Guaidó appears tied to the rejection of dialogue with Maduro, as Popular Will and its leader, Leopoldo López, were key figures in making talks happen, even though López was a political prisoner at the time.
The results of April’s survey also indicate that Venezuelans are tired of socialism and may be wary of Popular Will because it is a formal member of the Socialist International.
In that survey, pollsters asked respondents if they agreed with the statement “socialism is the worst and most destructive political ideology to lead the government.”
Again, nearly 90 percent – 87.9 percent – said yes.
Guaidó has insisted that he has support within the military and will be able to take control of it soon.
After the week passed without a significant uprising in the armed forces, however, Guaidó said in an interview with the BBC that he is considering asking the United States for military support.
“I, as the president in charge of the national parliament, will evaluate all options if necessary,” he said.
Striking a more defeated tone this week, Guaidó lamented to Agence France-Presse (AFP) Monday that his uprising did no go as planned because “there were people who did not do their part.”
“It doesn’t mean they won’t do so soon. We are expecting that many more fulfill their duty to the country. As is now obvious, the discontent that exists is universal, and the Armed Forces cannot escape it,” he contended.
Unlike Russia – which has unapologetically parked special forces in the country – the United States has no known troops presence in the nation.
President Donald Trump has refused to rule out sending troops into Venezuela if necessary to stop the bloodshed, the product of Maduro urging both soldiers and unofficial socialist gangs to kidnap, torture, and kill unarmed dissidents.
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, called the potential presence of U.S. troops in the country “catastrophic and unjustified” this week. “We are categorically against military intervention.
The U.N. Security Council can only authorize the use of force, or used in response to aggression by a sovereign state,” he argued.
Lavrov did not remark on the legality of Russia’s military intervention on behalf of Maduro.