Can Civilians Get Rid of Tyrants Without Rockets?

Venezuela’s uprising against the Maduro regime shows the difficulty a popular civilian movement has in revolting against military protected unpopular elitist rule. When Boris Yeltsin got rid of the unpopular Supreme Soviet he had solid military support. Without at least shoulder-fired rockets to destroy urban armor putting down civilians, civilians have little chance of successfully revolting against a tyrannical government.

One wonders why the Trump administration is recalcitrant on providing arms able to get the attention of the Maduro military, such as rockets. Those items are very easy to use. Civilians can work them for-themselves.