Venezuela’s people are rising up against their socialist dictator, and The Rebel is there!

Annika RothsteinGuest Post

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.


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(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.

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commented 2019-03-13 17:15:41 -0400
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commented 2019-02-14 16:28:32 -0500
Mind you all that shit could happen to you here as well under Justin’s government.. Go Max.!
commented 2019-02-14 15:15:12 -0500
Playa is on the island.. Caracas is on the mainland… The only thing that keeps the island doing what it’s doing is tourism and if that violence spills over to Margarita Island Tourism will fail and you’ll be in a country where you’re a foreigner and your assets might be frozen and many other things could happen to you…
commented 2019-02-13 23:01:13 -0500
And, Jill Ward… I understand your anger…I fully understand it, and I know why… You’re not alone… That being said, think about getting out of Canada… I am, and you can as well… Canada is not what it was in the 50’s… It’s done for… That’s just the way it went.. Nothing more to do about it. I tried for Decades to turn the Tide… Not enough People cared.. Our Education System ensured that.. Just get out while you can…. Hey, there are many Countries you can move to… AND, you will be welcomed…
commented 2019-02-13 22:44:02 -0500
Well, it looks likes Play el Agua is still doing well, in Venezuela.. Jill Ward, do what many of us Canadians are doing… Get Out of Canada!!! Retire in another Country… Justin and his Ilk do not care about us… We’ve chatted on FB in the past.. No need to yell. Just plan on getting out.. Canada is going down, and there’s no need to fight for it. Times change, and it’s now Canada’s turn.. My Great-Grandparents would be proud of me. I’m leaving the Country that has let me down.. They fought for Canada, but those days are long gone.. I will start a new life in a new World, in the place I move to next…:)
commented 2019-02-12 21:24:49 -0500
Ralph
I sort of agree. Below is an article I wrote recently about the size of the Orinoco Belt deposit. Some think I am high-balling but I stand by those numbers.
I have a different take which I’m slowly rolling out over a series of articles. This attack on Venezuela is driven by anti-petroleum elements within Europe (Macron, Merkel etc) and by the US Democratic Party and their Deep State enablers. (And by Justin Trudeau et al.) They don’t want to “get pumping” as you say. They want to keep the oil in the ground. They don’t want to simply remove Maduro. They want to so destroy Venezuela as a country that nobody gets that oil. Sounds far fetched? Stay tuned.
https://www.globalresearch.ca/valuing-venezuelas-orinoco-oil-belt/5667266
commented 2019-02-12 20:42:55 -0500
MJR
Guaido never ran for the office of President let alone been elected to that office.

Muta Ween:
The Venezuelan Government surely bears some blame for the economic crisis. They failed to diversify their commercial sector and they did not anticipate the 2015 collapse of oil prices. They were also OPEC stalwarts and as such restricted output so as to adhere to their OPEC quota; a dreadful miscalculation.
At the same time, any economic analyst that does not point squarely at the sudden (engineered) drop in oil prices and the ruthless economic warfare being waged upon Venezuela as being major factors, is refusing to look at the whole picture.
commented 2019-02-12 20:02:13 -0500
All this interest in Venezuela is of course, based on oil. The Globalists don’t want to see it fall into the hands of some non-globalist rival regime like Putin’s Russia, so they are trying to get Maduro out and their boy in as soon as possible so they can get to pumping. It has been obvious for some time the direction and ultimate fate that the Maduro regime was heading for, so the globalists are engineering a speeded up collapse before things get out of control.
commented 2019-02-12 19:07:03 -0500
William Kay, Spoken like a true communist and Chavista. You can’t fool me with your crap because I lived and worked in Venezuela during Hugo’s implementation of his Bolivarian Revolution.
Of course people like you perpetuate the lies of Marxist philosophy. The empty grocery stores and starving people and non existent health care are always the fault of somebody else or some other factor other than its own failings.
American Airlines has flights to Caracas from Miami. Why do t you go there and live the dream of your precious philosophy. Get back to us when you do d out election s are free even if guns are pointed at you at the polls.
commented 2019-02-12 18:47:46 -0500
Apparently this group of commenters FAILED MATH as the idea that Maduro has currently any more than about 10% of the voting age venezuelans has not been calculated…

That ‘international supervision" of the last election had Bolivia’s estimate of the number of voters at roughly 3million…

BUT in the election that brought Guaido into his role in the reversal of Maduro’s policies by the work of the Assembly there were 13million votes cast… CLEARLY 10MILLION VENEZUELANS CHOSE TO WITHDRAW THEIR SUPPORT FOR ANYTHING THE MADURO GOVT WAS PANDERING

VOTING is the agreement to live under the results of the vote… 85% OF VENEZUELANS CHOSE TO TOSS THE MADURO GOVT’S ELECTION GAME BACK IN HIS FACE…… Maduro’s Supreme Court had violated the people’s strong mandate to GUAIDO TO MODIFY DRASTICALLY THE MADURO GOVT, by literally shutting the Assembly down…. so you see this is a RADICALLY PEACEFUL REVOLUTION. and we’re ashamed that Ron Paul did not do his math either and just knee-jerk went on the attack.. otoh, let’s just hammer the NEOCONS SO THEY DON’T SPOIL THIS MAJOR STEP BY ‘THE PEOPLE’ IN ENDING GOVTS THAT EXCEED THEIR MANDATES…..

MADURO’s WIN was a not so impressive 51% of 15%… barely 10% in a generous estimation…… So Annika’s coverage is a landmark in people declining to continue honoring a govt that destroyed its own right to govern,
commented 2019-02-12 18:46:38 -0500
Robert Sloane,
Well said but again, why are WE CANADIANS ALLOWING THIS MARXIST, NAZI /ISLAMIC THUG AND HIS REGIME TO RECOLONIZE US WITH THE WORLDS TERRORISTS/CRIMINALS/PARASITES/SEWER RATS AND THEN HANDING US THE BILL TO NOT ONLY PAY FOR HIM AND HIS REGIME BUT THESE INVADERS AS WELL?
THIS IS OUR COUNTRY , BUILT BY OUR FOREFATHERS AND THEN PROTECTED BY OUR ANCESTORS/FAMILY THROUGHOUT IT’S HISTORY! WHY ARE WE ALLOWING OURSELVES TO BE BANKRUPTED, ABUSED, EXPLOITED, VILIFIED, AND HOMELESS, NATION-LESS? Seems to me we canuks ARE LOSERS, COWARDS AND TRAITORS WHO DESERVE TO BE HOMELESS BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO STOP THIS!
we have NO ONE TO BLAME BUT OURSELVES as we ALLOW AND WILLINGLY PAY (VIA TAXES AND VOTING) FOR THIS!
Talk about INSANITY AND AGAIN, YELLOW BELLIED COWARDS!
Who in their right mind would SUPPORT US OR WELCOME US TO THEIR LANDS
CANADIANS DON’T DESERVE TO LIVE IN PEACE, FREEDOM OR PROSPERITY!
HUNDREDS OF YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO BUILD AND FIGHT FOR THIS FORMER NATION BUT ONLY A COUPLE OF DECADES OF USELESS, SELF CENTERED, OVER ENTITLED GENERATIONS TO ALLOW THE FULL DESTRUCTION OF WHAT USED TO BE ONE OF THE BEST- IF NOT THE BEST, COUNTRIES ON THE PLANET- THE ONE THE ENTIRE GLOBE RESPECTED, ENVIED AND WANTED TO LIVE IN AND NOW THEY ARE HERE, CONTRIBUTING NOTHING BUT RECEIVING THE BEST, LIONS SHARE AND FIRST DIBS OF ALL WHICH IS OURS AND WE PAY FOR WHILE WE SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING TO STOP IT!
I AM ASHAMED TO BE CALLED "CANADIAN’ AND WILL NEVER, EVER SING, STAND FOR THENATIONALANTHEM OR SHOW ANY RESPECT, FAITH OR EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE ANYTHINGCANADIAN” !
commented 2019-02-12 18:34:28 -0500
and yet mohammad trudeau who has made canada a NON NATION, and is crippling we Canadians suggesting we are on our way to the same situation Venezuela is in, is giving MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THEM and my question is , WHO IS GOING TO HAND WE CANADIANS MONEY ONCE WE ARE ALL IN THE GUTTER – which will begin after the october election!
WHEN CANADIANS DON’T RECOGNIZE THE MESS TRUDEAU HAS AND CONTINUES TO PUT US IN WITH US SOON ON THE STREETS, NO FOOD, HOUSING ETC., – JUST LIKE VENEZUELA while he and his socialist/marxist/nazi government live off the $7 BILLION HE STOLE FROM OUR TAXES A FEW MONTHS BACK AND HID IN HIS COFFERS/LIBERAL COFFERS, who is going to come save us BESIDES NO ONE??
Sure gets me he has money to SAVE THE ENTIRE GLOBE while f*cking we canadians and what used to be our country and NO ONE DOES OR SAYS A THING
LEAST OF ALL , SO CALLED "CANADIANS’!!
commented 2019-02-12 16:11:09 -0500
Rebecca:
The video IS informative. We now know that this “journalist” can’t count (the current government came to power 20, not 22, years ago); and that she doesn’t know the meaning of the word “dictatorship” (the current government has won several internationally supervised elections, often by landslides). This “journalist” went to Vz hoping to get video of someone bleeding on the street so she could sell it to the mainstream media. She is clueless.
Anyway here’s my latest article from the Ron Paul Institute on Venezuela:
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/february/06/why-are-democrats-driving-regime-change-in-venezuela/
commented 2019-02-06 09:18:32 -0500
Non of these videos actually tell us much of anything. A one minute 30 second video and 30 sec of it is asking for support. Need much more content and explain what this is all about. What is happening to these people? Why are they rising up? What is their suffering like? What issues divide the country? Not everyone knows what is going on. This reporter should be telling us if she actually wants financial support. I expect more from the rebel media. It’s in the details. Thank you
commented 2019-02-05 23:48:58 -0500
Well said, William Kay….
commented 2019-02-05 09:22:25 -0500
Interesting business model. Customers pay extra for a foreign correspondent so she can repeat talking points broadcast for free by every mainstream media network, including the CBC.

I encourage Rebel viewers to check out what Ron Paul has to say on Venezuela.

Antiwar.com is an excellent website run by patriotic Americans of a libertarian tilt who are sick and tired of the endless, misguided foreign entanglements of the globalist deep state; of which Guido the Clown’s coup attempt in Venezuela is an exemplar.

https://www.antiwar.com/
commented 2019-02-05 06:26:32 -0500
“If I were a CUPE member, I would be deeply ashamed and make every effort to replace the leadership of the union with people that aren’t Marxists (or Marxist apologists). I very much doubt the CUPE membership has the same views as their leaders”

I very much doubt that CUPE membership has any shame.
commented 2019-02-05 00:28:27 -0500
How can we get rid of our own socialist dictator?
commented 2019-02-04 23:39:35 -0500
Henry:
New Zealand never recognised Guaido; nor has Uruguay. Italy’s 5SM not only refuses to recognise him; they won’t allow the EU to endorse him. It seems it’s mostly those populist lovers of democracy like Macron and Justin who are racing to endorse Guido the Clown. I as tried to point out in my comment this regime change campaign is being driven by the US Democratic Party.
Nevertheless, I am curious as to why you think Guaido is the President of Venezuela.
commented 2019-02-04 22:53:05 -0500
“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.”

You forgot to mention that the largest labour union in this country, CUPE, sides with the dictator Maduro. If I were a CUPE member, I would be deeply ashamed and make every effort to replace the leadership of the union with people that aren’t Marxists (or Marxist apologists). I very much doubt the CUPE membership has the same views as their leaders so they should take back control of their union or, better yet, close it down.
commented 2019-02-04 19:48:24 -0500
There are still (and have always been) North American and European interests in Venezuela. Clearly, why not? It’s a beautiful Country, and it’s Oil Rich… It just goes through some ups and downs every so often. There are many Canadians living and working in Venezuela… They left Canada years ago, for a better life “there”… I know why, because I’ve been there… I have talked to some, and I considered doing the same more than a decade ago… Many Canadians own Businesses and Property in some of the most “lucrative” vacation spots on the planet, “In Venezuela”…. They will do what they have always done… Lay low, and wait it out… Some South American and Central American Countries have shown themselves to be “unstable” for more than a Century… Simple advice is, do not move to them, and do not invest in them… It’s that simple… I know that some of the Taxes I pay here in Canada are going to Venezuela. I have nothing more to give, because I am presently being taxed to Death here in Canada. Soon, I will have to leave Canada, in order to have a quality of life in another Country. There is a bonus to that as well… I will retire in the Tropics for up to half of what it costs me to retire in Canada… And, no more Winters for me…. Sorry Rebel, but I need to hold on to my money, so that I can get the hell out of Canada…
commented 2019-02-04 17:47:48 -0500
Interesting initiative – hope its more than just ambulance chasing and repeating the mainstream media line. Here are a few historical snit-bits from Obama’s, Macron’s and Justin Trudeau’s globalist coup against Venezuela:

In December 2014 a Democrat-led Senate passed the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act. This legislation, sponsored by Robert Menendez (D-NJ), imposed sanctions on Venezuela while promising continued support for Venezuelan civil society. The Act sought to meet “the information needs of the Venezuelan people” through publications and broadcasts and through the “distribution of circumvention technology.” Obama signed immediately.

Obama’s economic warfare campaign against Venezuela dates to a March 2015 Presidential order declaring: “a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States presented by the situation in Venezuela.”

Obama’s accompanying Executive Order extended sanctions against Venezuela while undertaking to: “continue to work closely with others in the region to support greater political expression in Venezuela.”

At this time the US deep state was in the midst of orchestrating a consortium of American and European agencies and foundations that were disbursing $50 million per annum to Venezuelan civil society NGOs, opposition politicians, student activists, and media outlets. Key government agencies were USAID and National Endowment for Democracy. Key donating foundations were the Carter Centre, GEORGE SOROS and several government-linked Spanish and German concerns.

Four days before Trump’s inauguration Obama renewed the emergency declaration designating Venezuela a national security threat.

On January 4, 2019 a Democrat-led House of Representatives swore in. On January 10 House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, Eliot Engel (Democrat-NY) stated he would waste no time holding “Mr. Maduro” accountable.
Simultaneously, former DNC Chair and Hillary Clinton “fixer”, Democratic Debbie Wasserman-Schultz unveiled her Venezuelan-Russian Threat Mitigation Act. Debbie was flanked by former Clinton cabinet member and Clinton Foundation President, Democratic Congresswoman Donna Shalala who announced her Venezuelan Arms Restriction Act to prevent weapons sales, including non-lethal police gear, to Venezuela. Next up was Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, sponsor of the Venezuelan Humanitarian Assistance Act aimed at allowing US operatives to bypass Venezuelan authorities and distribute “aid” directly to Venezuelans.
commented 2019-02-04 17:36:40 -0500
I do Jill; but there is no obvious way to make your acquaintance here?
commented 2019-02-04 17:14:05 -0500
no wonder the rats are all fleeing here to trudeaus canukistan!
The rest of the globe is finally catching on to islam, marxism, tyranny, and ditatorships but NOT CANUKS!!
SO, WE CONTINUE OUR SLIDE DOWN THE SEWER TO TOTAL ERADICATION AS WE ARE INFESTED/INVADED/CONQUERED VIA THE ENTIRE THIRD WORLD CRIMINAL/GANG/TERRORIST/PARASITE INVASION while our PSYCHOPATHIC DESPOT AND HIS TERRORIST CARTEL WORK FEVERISHLY TO BANKRUPT, ANNIHILATE AND ERADICATE CANADA AND WE CANADIANS- AND NOT A ONE OF US SHOWS ANY SIGN OF WANTING OR NEEDING TO STOP HIM OR THEM!
the rest of the globe has lost patience and respect for us now and are telling us not to consider fleeing to their lands!
they don’t want losers, cowards and traitors invading their lands and that is how they describe ‘canadians’!
commented 2019-02-04 13:58:04 -0500
The Rebel spreads it’s wings, this is good news indeed. Eat your hearts out MSM, the people are turning to The Rebel for the the truth.
Thank you Annika