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In any case, if Chavez continues to be paranoid against the world, and even against his own people, it could spark a crisis in Venezuela. The 2002 massive protests which Chavez manage to successful put down along with the attempted coup shows that the people does not have much patience.
Originally posted by Toadmund
Uh, Hugo was democratically elected, which kind of blows a hole into your massive protest argument.
I take it you know next to nothing on this coup attempt, and are just jumping on the anti-Chavez band wagon. I suggest you do some non-biased research on this matter.
Mr Chavez's "revolution" had little real impact on the lives of ordinary Venezuelans, who still suffer from chronic poverty and widespread unemployment despite the country's oil wealth.
From coup-leader to president
The ex-paratrooper's journey along the road to power has been an eventful one.
In February 1992, he led an attempt to overthrow the government of President Carlos Andres Perez amid growing anger at economic austerity measures.
The foundations for that failed coup had been laid a decade earlier, when Mr Chavez and a group of fellow military officers founded a secret movement named after the South American independence leader, Simon Bolivar.
The February revolt by members of the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement claimed 18 lives and left 60 injured before Mr Chavez gave himself up.
He was languishing in a military jail when his associates tried again to seize power nine months later.
That second coup attempt, in November 1992, was crushed as well, but only after the rebels had captured a TV station and broadcast a videotape of their leader announcing the fall of the government.
Mr Chavez spent two years in prison before being granted a pardon.
He then relaunched his party as the Movement of the Fifth Republic and made the transition from soldier to politician.
Originally posted by DaFunk13
He is not doing his country any good? He is helping them by keeping the oppressive hand of the US out of their economy! You guys apparantly dont understand how our businesses and policies work down there. Do you honestly think any money from an America corporation goes back into the Venezuelan economy? He only wants to control his own country. No puppet strings.
I will do all of you uninformed people a huge favor.
We have a nice little thread going, complete with a Venezuelan and an Argentine. If you really want to know how people feel about Chevez, without this currupt political BS you have been fed it would serve you to browse around here: www.abovetopsecret.com...'
Originally posted by DaFunk13
Most of Venezuelas ails are our fault! Research corporate involvement in South America all together. I think you will realize why Chavez does want our "help." Uncle Sam is not a generous as you think.
Ever notice that every time a country decides it doesnt want our "help" they become bad guys? Who the hell is helping who?
Another Day in the Empire
Thus when SS Condi Rice mentions “democracy” in Venezuela, we have a pretty good idea of what she is talking about—undermining and eventually overthrowing the democratically elected government of Hugo Chávez. For the neoliberals and neocons, Chávez stands in the way of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (or “free trade,” as in freedom for globalist transnational corporations and international bankers and loan sharks to loot and pillage the natural resources, including Venezuela’s oil, of the Americas). In an effort to demonize Chávez, SS Rice “said that Venezuela and Cuba are ’sidekicks’ of Iran and dangers to Latin American democracies,” in other words, for the Straussian neocons, Venezuela is a junior partner of the axis of evil and will be attacked in similar fashion. “Rice also made reference to suspicions that Venezuela was linked to a recent political crisis in Nicaragua,” the Post Chronicle reports. Nicaragua, of course, was brutally attacked by Reagan neocons through their Contra proxy, resulting in the murder of 30,000-50,000 innocent Nicaraguans in the 1980s (while U.S. supported death squads in neighboring El Salvador and Guatemala claimed the lives of 70,000 and 100,000 respectively).
Originally posted by Lanton
That's fanciful. He may be blaming Venezuelas problems on Washington and corporate America, but he's only doing so because his administration hasn't yet quite worked out how they're going to fulfill the election promises they made to the electorate.