Canadian activists talk about coup in Venezuela and reasons Ottawa declaring it a righteous act

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Canadian activists talk about the coup in Venezuela and some of the reasons our government is declaring it a righteous act.

As the implications of last week's takeover of the elected Venezuelan presidency by the unelected leader of the opposition become more clear, the debate intensifies.

The Canadian government, along with the majority of Western governments, supports the removal of the democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro from power and the replacement with unelected Opposition leader Juan Guaido. But not all Canadians are patting our government on the back for supporting what many believe is a US orchestrated coup.

Today's show features three Canadian activists who don't agree with our government's perspective.

1.) An excerpt from last week's show called Power Play: The U.S. And Canada back a Coup in Venezuela.  The Global Research News Hour examines the internal and external forces attempting to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela, their motives and what the future holds for the Bolivarian Republic.

The excerpt which you'll hear on today's show is a critique of the Canadian government's support of the leadership change, and also talks about why our country's official position is no different from that of the United States. Global Research News Hour host and producer Michael Welch did this interview last week and posted the show, just two days after the leadership takeover. He talks to Radhika Desai, Professor of Political Studies and member of the Winnipeg Venezuela Peace Committee, and Nino Pagliccia Vancouver-based Venezuelan-Canadian, writer and activist.

Thanks to Global Research News Hour for permission to re-podcast. If you'd like to hear the entire hour long program, you can listen here

2.) You may recall that was part of a delegation last May which went to Venezuela to monitor the Presidential elections -- the same election that the US, Canada and other world leaders are declaring to be illegitimate and a justification for the overthrow of President Maduro. Humberto da Silva is a regular contributor to rabble, a filmmaker and member of the delegation.  He shares some perspectives on recent events.

You can read rabble reports and watch Humberto's videos from the May 2018 Venezuelan elections here.

Photo: Wikipedia - Venezuelan people queuing to vote

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