Rebellion under way in Venezuela; at least 12 dead
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002
CARACAS, Venezuela (April 12, 2002 12:09 a.m. EDT) - As top military commanders rebelled against President Hugo Chavez, rebel National Guard troops seized government television and took it off the air late Thursday, the station manager said. Civilians celebrated outside.
Earlier Thursday police and armed Chavez supporters fired on a march by 150,000 opposition protesters near the presidential palace. At least 12 people were killed and as many as 110 wounded, officials said.
Globovision TV reported that Chavez's family had been flown out of Caracas. The report couldn't immediately be confirmed.
The violence erupted in the South American country of 24 million on the third day of a general strike called to support oil executives who want Chavez to sack new management at the state oil monopoly Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA. The executives are conducting a work slowdown that has seriously cut production and exports in Venezuela, the No. 3 oil supplier to the United States and the No. 4 oil exporter in the world. MORE