On Venezuela and Democracy: Part I: Overview of the Conflict
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2002
By Ron Smith, www.narconews.com
In Caracas, Venezuela today there is a major conflict, from the rhetoric, one would believe that it was a battle between an authoritarian government and a grassroots democracy movement. What will be described here is the white (or red, or green) washing of an anti-democratic movement, orchestrated to appear as a genuine grassroots opposition movement by the most powerful forces in this country.
First, a little background. Hugo Chavez Frias is the current president of Venezuela, he came to power in a landslide electoral victory in 1998, buoyed by his claims to oppose all of the traditional power sectors in Venezuelan society, to create a revolution of the political system which he calls Venezuela's 5th republic, and his anti-neoliberal platform. He and his now moribund party, the MVR, Movimiento V Republica, have won several elections and referendums including a total revamp of the Venezuelan constitution and a an electoral sweep of sympathetic deputies into the national assembly. Chavez`s government seen several changes of positions, as some of the leading personalities have left the MVR to join the opposition. MORE