posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 10:08 PM
No wonder Chavez is threatening to cut oil supply and start a 100 year war with us. Fascinating article.
Washington has been channelling hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund the political opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez - including those
who briefly overthrew the democratically elected leader in a coup two years ago.
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that, in 2002, America paid more than a million dollars to those political groups in
what it claims is an ongoing effort to build democracy and "strengthen political parties". Mr Chavez has seized on the information, telling
Washington to "get its hands off Venezuela".
The revelation about America's funding of Mr Chavez's opponents comes as the president is facing a possible recall referendum and has been rocked by
a series of violent street demonstrations in which at least eight people have died. His opponents, who include politicians, some labour leaders, media
executives and former managers at the state oil company, are trying to collect sufficient signatures to force a national vote. The documents reveal
that one of the group's organising the collection of signatures - Sumate - received $53,400 (£30,000) from the US last September.