Riots erupt as Venezuela's new leader takes control
Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2002
CARACAS, Venezuela (April 13, 2002 2:11 p.m. EDT) - As businessman Pedro Carmona took control of Venezuela's interim government, police clashed with protesters around the nation demanding the return of ousted leader Hugo Chavez. Several Latin American leaders called the new administration illegitimate.
In downtown Caracas, hundreds of people chanted "Chavez will be back!" and "Democracy, not dictatorship!" Police fired tear gas as police cars raced back and forth after reports of looting and disturbances.
Several hundred others protested outside Caracas' Fort Tiuna, the military base where Chavez was taken into detention early Friday. Police dispersed the crowd by firing plastic bullets. More