Thursday, 11 April 2019

the revolution will not be televised

Just as America pushes for the removal of the incumbent administration in Venezuela (previously), this day in 2002 coincidentally marks the beginning of a violent and ultimately unsuccessful coup d’état that ousted re-elected president Hugo Chávez for a period just under two days before he was restored to power by mobilising popular support.
Though then President George W Bush vehemently denied US involvement in the matter, neo-conservative diplomat Elliott Abrams, infamous for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal and architecture of the Iraq War, was then implicated of plotting to overthrow the Chávez government in exchange for one more privatise state oil assets. Elliot was appointed by Donald Trump as special envoy to the country in January. The title refers to a 2003 documentary made about what transpired during the forty-seven hours.