The political tension in Venezuela has gained momentum after the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, accused the opposition leader of plotting a coup against his government.
Maduro who was addressing his supporters in a mass rally in Caracas, also rapped some foreign countries including Colombia for what he called financing the fascist movements, a term he used to describe the opposition and its supporters.
Clashes between the government opponents and security forces left at least three people dead and nearly two dozen others injured. Moreover, some 100 people were arrested.
Also, a Venezuelan court has issued an arrest warrant for the opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez who’s been on the run over the past few days.
Meanwhile, a recorded tele-conversation between two former right-wing officials has revealed that opposition leaders are hinting at staging a coup, like what happened to the former president, Hugo Chavez back in 2002.
In this edition of The Debate we discuss the roots of the ongoing unrest in Venezuela, and foreign elements behind it.