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Chávez Blames Crisis in Bolivia on 'U.S. Imperialism'
The president of Venezuela charged the United States with 'meddling with the internal affairs' of Bolivia, denied U.S. charges that Venezuela and Cuba were doing so, and criticized Great Britain for 'snatching' the Malvinas [Falklands] from Argentina during its 500-year 'imperialist assault.'
July 29, 2005
- Cadena Global - Original Article (Spanish)
The president of Venezuela charged the United
States with 'meddling with the internal affairs’ of Bolivia, denied U.S. charges
that Venezuela and Cuba were doing so, and criticized Great Britain for 'snatching’
the Malvinas [Falklands] from Argentina during its 500-year "imperialist
President Hugo Chavez
The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, held "imperialism" responsible
for the internal crisis in Bolivia and accused the United States government of meddling with the internal affairs
of that nation, in a speech to military forces on Friday night.
"They (the U.S.) are the guilty ones, for the imperialism that has
gripped this continent like a plague for 200 years," he declared while
at a ceremony to issue promotions to soldiers, who were all awarded vacations
Earlier, the chief executive said that
Washington "lies shamelessly" when it claims it has
evidence that Venezuela and Cuba have intervened in the situation in Bolivia, an allusion to comments made on Wednesday by former
U.S. deputy secretary of state for Western Hemispheric
Affairs, Roger Noriega.
Bolivia has had three presidents in the last year, and was
in the midst of a very unstable political situation until the designation
of President Eduardo Rodriguez to replace Carlos Mesa by the Congress of that
In his speech, Chávez pressed the military
to resist United States aggression, which he described as “a menace."
"The attitude of a true soldier and
a citizen-patriot is that of resistance to the aggression of empire,"
The Chief of State presented the 38 Air
Force graduates with trips to Cuba, where those being promoted will also meet with Cuban
President Fidel Castro, who they should look upon as a “godfather.”
The gift, according to Chavez, is so that
the soldiers will come to know, "the wonders of that beautiful island,
where the people fight the same things we want and believe in."
'THE MALVINAS [FALKLANDS] ARE ARGENTINE'
Map of the Malvinas [Falklands]
The Venezuelan President also said that
the Malvinas [Falklands] Islands "are Argentine" and "were snatched"
by one of the empires that "has whipped the continent like a plague."
A 1982 Cartoon Depicting the Dispute Between Margerat Thatcher and the U.N.
"Those Malvinas are Argentine. Who can
deny it?" emphasized Chávez, during a graduation ceremony at the Tiuna
Military Fort, southwest of Caracas.
He pointed out that the Malvinas "were
seized and Argentine soldiers were massacred by the imperialists after a 500-year
assault," referring to the 1982 war between Great Britain and Argentina for control of the archipelago.
Chávez criticized the United States "for turning its back on Latin America by supporting the English aggression against Argentina, alone in doing so."
The Venezuelan President continued, adding
that imperialism must be met with a "permanent attitude of resistance."
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