In May 2018—one year ago —Nicolas Maduro was re-elected president for a six-year term. Six million Venezuelans voted for him. The election, boycotted by some of the opposition parties under pressure from the U.S., was not even close. Having failed to totally undermine the legitimacy of the election, the U.S. was determined not to allow the socialist president to rule. They have been busy undermining Maduro ever since.
Nicolas Maduro is not wildly popular. But it is not poor and working people who make up the so-called “opposition.” There is a huge class divide. And a race divide too. The opposition is primarily white, middle class, and led by extreme rightwing oligarchs.