His week will be key in the rebellion against the ruler Nicholas Maduro. This is because Venezuelan people will come together to demand Maduro's resignation on Tuesday and will also try to introduce US aid through the Colombian border. Maduro has ordered his soldiers to stop them. Will this be the military fire of Venezuelan colleagues?
This week's events are different from previous protests. When previous street protests signaled Madouro's displeasure, they did not directly challenge his control over the military. Attempts by Venezuelan activists to introduce US aid across the border will force Maduro to decide whether to blink and allow the aid to enter, or to take action to curb it. Maduro's rival, interim president Juan Guido, hopes Maduro will blink. Both he and Maduro know that the United States has warned that any action against US personnel, some of which will support convoys of aid, or Guaido himself, are red lines. The conclusion is that any Maduro attack on the help convoys will lead to a military battle with the United States that Maduro will certainly lose. Guyado also hopes Venezuelan battalion or brigade officers will refuse Maduro's order and then unite against him. And if Guaido defeats the colonels, he pulls out the rug from the generals of Maduro and forces the despot. However, the possibility of bloodshed can not be ruled out. Maduro is convinced that deliveries of aid are a pretext for overthrowing his regime. While most soldiers now oppose Maduro, they continue to execute his orders in fear of the Cuban withdrawal against their families. As Adm. Craig Faler explained to Congress last week, "Venezuela has about 2,000 generals, most of all NATO, and most of them are on Maduro's salary through illicit trafficking in drugs and corrupt businesses, buying their loyalty and protection. , that Cuba "almost has the security around Maduro and is deeply rooted in the intelligence service." Trump's administration must continue to support supplies of aid to innocent civilians who desperately need it, and she must continue to warn, that any harm to Guaido or US diplomats will lead to extreme repression, and he has to press the pressure on Cuba, making it clear that Havana's continued support for despotism will lead to ever-increasing pressure from the US