United States would like to "get their hands on [our] oil," says leftist leader
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, in an exclusive interview with The Guardian published Tuesday, says the United States is actively fomenting a 'slow motion coup' in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.
Rejecting the dominate narrative presented by the U.S media regarding recent protests in the country, the man who succeeded Hugo Chavez as president and won re-election last year said, "They are trying to sell to the world the idea that the protests are some of sort of Arab spring. But in Venezuela, we have already had our spring: our revolution that opened the door to the 21st century."
Maduro says claims the street protests are at least partly being fueled by U.S.-backed operatives, and defends this position by pointing to more than 100 years of history of Washington interference in Latin America as well as new details contained in files leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden—both of which make clear what U.S. intentions continue to be towards those who resist the military and economic dominance of the U.S. and its allies.