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Fears Of Second Coup Against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez

category national | miscellaneous | news report author Friday December 06, 2002 19:53author by Donnacha O Briain - Venezuela-Watchauthor email donnachao at hotmail dot comauthor address 3 Brighton Tce, Sandycove, Dublinauthor phone +353-1-2845345 Report this post to the editors

A background piece to the current crisis in Venezuela, explaining it as a struggle over country's oil industry, and calling on our government to make sure the EU does not welcome another coup as it did last April.


Eight months ago, in April 2002, democratically elected President Chavez of Venezuela was illegally removed from power in a coup d'etat by a combination of forces representing big business, the state-oil bureaucracy, and the Military High Command. Within 24 hours the coup leaders suspended the National Parliament, dissolved the Supreme Court and fired the Attorney General, while peaceful protests were supressed on the streets and elected members of parliament were arrested in their homes. Nevertheless, the European Union, speaking on Ireland's behalf, welcomed the coup.

Within 48 hours Chavez was spectacularly returned to office due to massive popular protests. Nevertheless, the country has remained in a state of high tension since. The managerial elite who run the state oil company PDVSA have continued their opposition to Chavez's oil policy - which aims to stamp out corruption in Latin America's largest state enterprise and to redirect the company's revenues to fund progressive social programmes (state budgets for health, education and housing have tripled since 1998 - this in a country where 80% live in poverty).

For the anti-Chavez elite the ultimate ambition is to see the state oil company privatised, a policy that sits well with the Bush Administration in Washington. However, Chavez has vowed never to allow this to happen, going so far as to insert a clause forbidding PDVSA's privatisation into the new Venezuelan Constitution, which was voted in by a majority in a Referendum in 1999. It is this struggle over oil that lies at the root of the current conflict in Venezuela.

Today, as the Venezuelan elite are attempting to paralyze the oil industry and destabilize the country, we urge Irish citizens to contact the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen, urging him to ensure that Ireland and the EU confirm their commitment to democratic and constitutional rule in Venezuela, making it explicitly clear that any attempt at a coup d'etat should be denounced in the most uncompromising terms.

You can phone the Minister's Office, and explain briefly to the official who answers the reason for your call. Remember, your call will be noted and brought to the Minister's attention. This is a situation you can influence!. You can also send a fax, or an e-mail (see below)

Minister Brian Cowen
Department of Foreign Affairs
80 St Stephen's Green
Dublin 2

Tel: +353-1- 4082141 / 4082139
Fax: + 353-1-4082400
E-mail: minister@iveagh.irlgov.ie

author by GR Joepublication date Sun Dec 08, 2002 18:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It is a situation we can influence. But we can't influence it by getting on the phone to Brian Cowan. The Irish government is a capitalist government they do not represent ordinary people, their primary goal is to represent the interests of capitalists. It is in the interests of international capitalism to have a right wiong coup in Venezuala the Irish government will therefore not do anything against such a coup no matter how much we write letters or make phone calls. SO how can we help the people in Venezuala? Well you could go and defend the Venezualan revolution by arms, which is not a runner for most people. or you could get active and build a revolutionary movement here in Ireland. Mass mobilisations in Ireland and internationally would do alot more in defeating the counter revolution in Venezuala than a few phone calls.

author by pepe garcia cruzpublication date Thu Dec 12, 2002 14:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

idiot,butt head,moron...why you dont think before posting atrocities?

 
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