Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2002
Many Venezuelans have no doubt who to blame for April's aborted coup: The United States.
by Owain Johnson Mother Jones May 2, 2002
CARACAS -- At least 17 Venezuelans were killed in the days before and after this country's short-lived coup last month, and it's now becoming clear that, at least among the many supporters of now-reinstated president Hugo Chávez, the upheaval has claimed another victim: the already fragile reputation of the United States.
The Bush administration has denied any involvement in the April 12 coup, and no clear evidence to the contrary has been unearthed. Still, Chávez loyalists on the streets of this capital city of nearly 2 million say they remain convinced that the US supported and sponsored the attempt to topple the country's populist president.
"What we saw here was the United States sticking its hairy hands into our business," says Ruth Cartaya, a graduate student in social work at the Central University of Venezuela. "The events were definitely orchestrated. Somebody spent a lot of money on this coup, and it looks like the CIA was trying its old tricks here." MORE