President warns dissident officers
Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2002
President Hugo Chavez Frias has warned the group of military officers calling for rebellion that any violence will be met with violence ... "if they try to seize power with arms, we will respond with arms, I am not going to resign."
The number of officers now calling for rebellion in the Armed Forces (FAN) has risen to around 100, most of whom were involved in the April coup d'etat.
"Where would they take this country? ... citizens must be ready to take to the streets to defend our Venezuelan democracy."
Key military officers express support for President.
Commanders of Venezuela's key military garrisons have expressed their unreserved support for President Hugo Chavez Frias, dispelling fears of a military uprising following the call by a group of dissident officers urging the military to rebel against the government.
"We declare our loyalty and support ... for the authority and leadership held by the President through the will of the people."
Caracas' Fuerte Tiuna garrison commander, General Jorge Garcia Carneiro says "they do not represent the true feelings of the Armed Forces." Vheadline.com