On Thursday thousands of pro-government supporters staged a counter-rally to defend President Nicolas Maduro after the right-wing opposition called for a "taking of Caracas" to demand the ousting of Maduro government. However, you would never know that if you rely on Western mainstream media outlets.
While Venezuela's politics remains polarized and divided between the pro- and anti-Maduro camps, mainstream media outlets conspicuously failed to mention the scale of pro-government Chavistas and omitted their voices in the debate in favor of anti-government protesters.
CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times and Reuters all reported thousands of anti-government protesters flooding the streets amid widespread economic problems blamed on the Maduro
The New York Times also portrayed the supposedly "peaceful" nature of anti-government protesters. Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez who is serving time for planning and then promoting violent blockades in the country in 2014 that claimed the lives of 43 people, injuring hundreds and causing billions in damage to public buildings and infrastructure, in an attached video called the protests “a desire for peaceful change. What you can see is calm.”
None of these mainstream outlets mentioned that on Tuesday in some parts of Caracas, anti-government protests became violent, with some caught on film burning cars and debris, trying to close down streets, throwing molotov cocktails and attacking police.
The Guardian article referenced several opposition leaders who were detained ahead of the protests for planning to carry out violence. It quoted Maduro’s counter address, saying that he would arrest “anyone suspected of being involved in a possible coup.” Never mind that a coup would be illegal.
Reuters captured the feelings of many angry anti-government protesters, but actually managed to quote a single Chavista who blamed the economic crisis on big business, which is responsible for helping create and exacerbate the economic crisis that the opposition is trying to politically benefit from.