When Will the Crisis End?

Venezuela is in the midst of a drastic political shift with their president Nicholas Maduro as  people are rebelling his leadership. Juan Guadio was placed as the interim president who opposed Maduros’ dictator tendencies. Guadio is not alone on this, Venezuelan citizens are revolting. The United States made it known that they are against Maduro and have been pressuring the European Union to do the same.  Recently, the United States sent a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane into Colombia with various resources, such as food and medicine, to help the suffering people of Venezuela. Currently, this is causing many to die of starvation. To tackle this issue, Guadio promised supplies would enter the country by February 23, which were flown into Colombia a neighboring country.

The United States does not plan to intervene in the Venezuelan crisis, however, they want a nonviolent resolution to end Maduro’s tyranic reign of terror. Guadio wants to do whatever he can to protect his citizens and restore order. Although it seems as the crisis may end soon, military intervention has not been ruled out.

Recently, on February 25, Jorge Ramos from Univision along with his news team were detained by Maduro at Miraflores Palace in Caracas as Maduro did not approve of the questioning about the countries lack of democracy. Confiscating their equipment, then interrogating them within a dark room in the palace for over two hours until detained. A continuation of events were then seen early Tuesday, February 26, when Telemundo reporter Daniel Garrido was kidnapped by unknown individuals forcing him into a vehicle. Removing his equipment without explanation keeping him captive for six hours until released. Grabbing the attention of the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), verbally confronting the Venezuelan authorities to return the stolen equipment to the journalist teams. As tensions continue brewing so does the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro.

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