The people of Venezuela are rising up against their brutal dictator, Nicolas Maduro. Most of the world’s democracies have recognized Juan Guaido as the legitimately elected president of Venezuela; dictatorships like Cuba, China and Iran back Maduro, and for years Cuban soldiers have helped suppress democracy protests. But this time it seems different.
We at The Rebel looked into sending one of our reporters, but the security situation was just too difficult for us to overcome. But then we saw that Annika Rothstein — a journalist and commentator from Sweden who has written for us before — had made her way to Caracas and was there, in a bulletproof vest!
We contacted her by Twitter, asked if she’d do videos for us, and we offered to crowdfund pay for her travel and other costs. She accepted — and we'll be updating this site with her exclusive on-the-scene reports from the streets, as they come in.
Please share these videos widely — this truly is the South American equivalent of the Berlin Wall falling, and we want to make sure the story is well-told.
PS: If you appreciate these videos, please help us crowdfund Annika’s travel costs by clicking here.
(February 13, 2019, 2:50pm ET) "Not a Revolution" says Guiado to crowd of over 60k in Caracas
Between 60,000 and 100,000 people gathered on the streets of Caracas to protest against Maduro and listen to Juan Guiado speak to the crowd, where his speech focused mainly on the humanitarian aid sent by other countries that is blocked from entry at the border.
(February 12, 2019, 2:45pm ET) 10,000 anti-Maduro protesters gather in Caracas
At mid-morning, approximately 10,000 people have gathered in Caracas to march in support of Juan Guiado. Preparations have also begun for an overnight vigil in memory of all those who have been killed in the last few weeks in the fight against the dictator Nicolás Maduro.
(February 12, 2019, 12:15pm ET) Venezuela's pro-Maduro, pro-Guiado protesters likely to clash today
Tensions have been high here in Caracas as everyone seems to be waiting for the final fall of dictator Nicolás Maduro and the ascendancy of the internationally recognized new president, Juan Guiado. Today will be the first day that the pro-Maduro and pro-Guiado rallies meet, and clashes may break out.
(February 4, 2019, 6:25pm ET) Hugo Chávez: Mythical dreamboat of "It'll Work This Time!" socialism in Venezuela
Here in Caracas, the giant painted head of Hugo Chávez greeted me as I entered a destitute area of the city. Let's have an honest talk about what the people in this part of town think about his legacy.
(February 4, 2019, 4:40pm ET) Venezuela still divided over legacy of Hugo Chavez, no other foreign journalists?
Hugo Chávez was the 45th President of Venezuela, whose death in 2013 made room for Maduro to become the 46th. His body is lying in state here in Cuartel de la Montaña, and I learned something that other foreign journalists have missed or ignored.
(February 4, 2019, 4:10pm ET) Scenes of near starvation under painted propaganda in El Calvario
Today it's sunshine and socialism for the people of El Calvario in the real center of the city of Caracas. Survival is no longer a day-to-day concern. Each hour matters to these hungry risk-takers as the protests against Maduro continue in Venezuela.
(February 4, 2019, 2:20pm ET) Alone outside of Miraflores Palace, the seat of socialist power in Venezuela
Citizens are risking everything they have left to protest the socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, who refuses to hand leadership over to Juan Guaido. I'm here standing outside of the beautiful Miraflores Palace, home to the office of the President, reporting on a real time revolution.