The Bay of Piglets | People and Power

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Latin America has seen a remarkable number of revolutions and coups d'etat over the last century. However, whether military endeavours, covertly backed by foreign governments, or the result of purely domestic political pressure, they have not always been successful or achieved their aims.

Yet few can have failed quite so miserably as a woeful attempt in May 2020 to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

The plot of this often bizarre tale has many elements that will be familiar to students of the region's history - not least a cast of political exiles, military renegades, US mercenaries and at least one very controversial president. But it also throws up many intriguing questions about who was behind it and what exactly they hoped to gain.

People & Power investigates an affair that many - with a sardonic nod to more infamous events elsewhere - have dubbed The Bay of Piglets.

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