Will Chávez Strike Out?
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002
WORLD PRESS REVIEW - The uncommon show of business and labor unity in mobilizing a general strike that effectively shut down Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities on Dec. 10 poses the most serious political challenge to President Hugo Chávez since his accession to power three years ago.
Mariela Leon, correspondent for El Universal (Dec. 11), reported that leaders of the nation’s leading business chambers and trade unions estimated that the strike halted more than 90 percent of all productive and labor activity in the nation. "We are no longer weak or imperceptible, we are a force in the country that must be taken into account-and things must be set right," strike organizer Pedro Carmona told Leon. MORE