Is There a Coup Going On in Venezuela?

The Background 

Late last month, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed a bill that expanded his powers (and the Supreme Court’s) and dissolved the country’s general assembly. Though the decision was reversed, it caused an uproar across the country (and the world) as citizens and leaders accused Maduro of attempting to impose a dictatorship in Venezuela. The move mobilized an opposition group called the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), who, after months of protests, are being accused of trying to stage a coup d’état. CBC

Why You Should Care

Revoking citizens’ democratic rights is a big problem, at any time in any country. If the two sides continue clashing, it could easily lead to a civil war, though President Maduro promises that he’ll do everything in his power to avoid it. So far, the protests seem to be working as Maduro announced yesterday a vote for a new popular assembly with the ability to rewrite the constitution, as he thinks that will restore peace to his conflicted country. However, the opposition says it won’t rest until Maduro takes an indefinite hike.

The Gist

With Venezuelan’s leadership at a crossroads, hundreds of thousands of pro- and anti-government protestors took to the streets yesterday.