Venezuela protests turn shockingly violent as U.S. warns: ‘all options are on the table’

Protests in Venezuela have grown shockingly violent.

Protesters backing internationally recognized president Juan Guaido took to the street on Tuesday after Guaido announced that the nation’s military was behind him. He said in a speech some are saying kicked off these protests, “the moment is now.

Protestors have clashed with government security forces and those who support President Nicolás Maduro, who has refused to leave office since Venezuela’s legislature legally replaced him with Guaido.

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Maduro claimed in a tweet that Guaido was lying in his address to the people and that he still remains in control of the country’s military.

Shocking video hit the web showing a government vehicle driving into a crowd of protestors. You can check out the video below. Be warned: it is a graphic sight:

The United States immediately put their support behind the Venzuelan protestors. Vice President Mike Pence even released a message of encouragement on Tuesday morning.

“To Juan Guaido, the National Assembly and all the freedom-loving people of Venezuela who are taking to the streets today in #operacionlibertad—Estamos con ustedes! We are with you! America will stand with you until freedom & democracy are restored. Vayan con dios!” tweeted the vice president.

Source: Fox News

As more reports of violence and damage came out of the protests, the president himself took to Twitter with a warning.

“If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete … embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba. Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!” wrote Trump.

Nation Security Advisor John Bolton also told gathered press outside of the White House that “all options” are on the table when it comes to what is going on in Venezuela.

“We want as our principle objective the peaceful transfer of power, but I will say again as the president has said from the outset … all options are on the table,” said Bolton.

Bolton revealed over 40 people have been killed by the Maduro regime since the protests began. He pleaded with officials within the Maduro regime to step up and help in a peaceful “transfer of power.”

“We think it’s still very important for key figures in the regime who have been talking to the opposition over these last three months to make good on their commitments to achieve the peaceful transfer of power” from Maduro to Guaidó,” said Bolton.

He specifically called out Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino; Maikel Moreno Pérez, president of Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice; and Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala, the commander of Venezuela’s Directorate General of Military Counter-Intelligence. All of these men agreed at one point that it was time for Maduro to leave office.

Though a military intervention was not shot down, Bolton assured the press that President Trump prefers for a transfer of power in Venezuela to happen peacefully.

“It’s a very delicate moment,” Bolton said. “I want to stress again that the president wants to see a peaceful transfer of power from Maduro to Guaidó. The possibility still exists if enough figures depart from the regime and support the opposition and that’s what we’d like to see.”

Many conservatives have pointed to the violence in Venezuela, which has suffered for years under socialist policies, as a prime example for why conservatives fight so hard for individual rights and the Second Amendment in the face of a growing government.

“This is why the government will NEVER get my guns,” tweeted author Brad Thor in reaction to the video of a government vehicle running over protesters.

The “Spymaster” author later warned, “Tonight I’m not eating my pets and don’t have to protect my family from roving bands of marauding, government thugs. That’s because of our system of government, which vests power in the world’s greatest minority – the individual. Beware anyone who wants to change that.”

Conservative comedian Steven Crowder had similar thoughts when he reacted to the violence in Venezuela.

“I don’t want ANY citizens systematically disarmed for the same reason I don’t want ANY citizens helplessly run over with tanks,” he tweeted.


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