The coup in Venezuela that put dictator Nicolas Maduro, the usurper, in power

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Anatomy of a coup in Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro’s is an usurper

Usurper (noun): a person who takes a position of power or importance illegally or by force.

Undermined election, packed court to gut powers of National Assembly  2015
On December 1, 2015 on his weekly television show Nicolas Maduro spoke clearly on how he would respond to an opposition victory in the legislative elections: “I will never allow this to happen, ever. I would go out on the streets and fight side by side with the people.” Even if he were to lose in the elections Maduro declared: “Were we to lose, which I find unimaginable, I will govern with the people in a civilian-military alliance.”

Maduro lost the vote, but the opposition had to defend the results.

Venezuela is not a democracy, but a country where contested elections are held within an anti-democratic regime. This has meant that the opposition had to take to the street to ensure that the vote be respected on and following December 6, 2015. There are prisoners of conscience today in Venezuela and the democratic opposition is demanding their release in an amnesty before Christmas which Maduro rejected. 

Furthermore the Maduro regime packed the Supreme Court and used the court to undo the results of the National Assembly elections by challenging the results in 22 races. By denying the opposition its super majority it opens the path to gutting the National Assembly’s powers replacing it with a newly created and un-elected communal congress. 

Maduro took things a step further using the supreme court to strip the National Assembly of the power over the Central Bank and leaving it firmly in the executive, i.e. Maduro’s hands. 

Illegally suspended a recall referendum
On October 20, 2016 Nicolas Maduro illegally suspended a recall referendum because the dictatorship knew that it couldnot obtain a favorable result.  

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