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Venezuela's Maduro Inaugurated

by Stephen Lendman

Chavismo lives!

Latin American and other heads of state attended Maduro's inaugural ceremony. Earlier he accused opposition forces of triggering post-election violence.

"We have stopped a coup in its first stage," he said. "They are beaten, but they are coming back with a new attack." On Thursday, he flew to Lima. 

He attended an emergency UNASUR meeting with other Latin American leaders. He did so to discuss what's ongoing. It continues. Opposition leader Capriles publicly urged supporters to carry out desruptive actions.

Washington's long arm is involved. Maduro understands the threat. Hopefully he's up to the challenge.

"We have information that right-wing sectors are making groups of people red shirts to simulate attacks," he said. He's got just cause for concern. Dark forces never quit. 

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Washington claims nonexistent electoral irregularities. On April 17, a White House released press secretary statement "on the situation in Venezuela" disingenuously said:

"The United States congratulates the Venezuelan people for their participation in the April 14 presidential elections in a peaceful and orderly manner."  

"We call on the Venezuelan government to respect the rights of Venezuelan citizens to peaceful assembly and free speech."  

"We also urge everyone to refrain from violence and other measures that could raise tensions at this difficult moment."  

"The United States notes the acceptance by both candidates for an audit of the ballots and supports calls for a credible and transparent process to reassure the Venezuelan people regarding the results."  

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"Such a process would contribute to political dialogue and help advance the country's democracy."

Maduro indisputably won. He did so fairly. He's Venezuela's democratically elected leader. Obama hasn't recognized his legitimacy. Failure suggests continuing destabilization efforts.

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