Latam up in arms, allege violation of Venezuelan constitution
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002
The international community today urged Venezuela to return quickly to normality, with Latin American countries voicing concerns that the ouster of president Hugo Chavez and appointment of a new government was undemocratic.
Bloody scenes that left 15 dead and 350 wounded yesterday led to the departure of Chavez and the designation of businessman Pedro Carmona as his interim successor by the military.
Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo urged the Organisation of American States to throw the Democratic Charter at Venezuela, which would impose sanctions on the oil-rich nation on grounds it had broken the constitution under Article 20 of the charter. MORE