Venezuelan military officer hints at coup, demands Chavez resign
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002
A Venezuelan Air Force general became the fourth military officer in less than a month to ask for the resignation of President Hugo Chavez and accuse him of causing grave damage to the country.
Appearing at a news conference in his gold-embroidered uniform Late Monday, General Roman Gomez Ruiz did not issue a direct appeal for a military coup, but he reminded members of the military they have a larger role in Venezuelan society than serving an officeholder.
"Remember that the people are above all else," he said. "Our loyalty is to the nation, not with the current administration if, through its actions, it attacks the welfare of the people and the development of the country."
The general said he was asking Chavez to "leave power peacefully for the good of the country and the love of the armed forces." MORE