In an astounding event that gives hope to those fighting against tyranny everywhere, the military coup that took place in Venezuela last week has been turned back, and popularly-elected Hugo Chavez has returned to power. Gregory Wilpert writes in Z Magazine: "It looks like Venezuela is not just another banana-oil republic after all. Many here feared that with the April 11 coup attempt against President Hugo Chávez, Venezuela was being degraded to being just another country that is forced to bend to the powerful will of the United States. The successful counter-coup of April 14, though, which reinstated Chávez, proved that Venezuela is a tougher cookie than the coup planners thought." [ Read more ] |
The CIA's role in this coup is not difficult to establish. According to William Blum, author of Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, "Overthrowing a man such as Hugo Chavez... [is] a duty so 'natural' for the CIA that the only reason it might not have been intimately involved in the operation would be that the Agency had been secretly disbanded." [ Read more ]
Chavez is also investigating what he says was a US plane on the island where he was held. Additionally, a U.S. State Department official has admitted that the U.S. had contact with Venezuelan Coup Plotters before the Coup.
According to SOA Watch, the Venezuelan generals who backed the coup are graduates of the notorious Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (neé "School of the Americas"), a U.S. military school which "trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. Graduates of the SOA are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America." [ Read more ]
U.S. withholds support for reinstated Chavez.
A senior U.S. official cast doubt on Chavez's legitimacy, saying, "He was democratically elected. He won a majority of votes. Legitimacy is something that is conferred not just by a majority of votes, however." Apparently it requires the U.S. stamp of approval.
Three Days that Shook the Media
From Narco News: "The failed coup d'etat against Venezuela marks a turning point not just for authentic democracy in our América, but also for authentic journalism.... AP, Reuters, the New York Times, and CNN, the worst offenders in the English-language media among many others, have had to radically adjust their coverage of the events in Venezuela precisely because online journalists worked overtime in recent days to break the information blockade and get the true facts to the international public." [ Read more ]
Also check out U.S.BACKED COUP DEFEATED IN VENEZUELA! "updated".
14 April news: Dictator-for-a-day Pedro Carmona was forced to resign when thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in protest and siezed the state TV stations. Some military leaders balked at Carmona's dictatorial actions as well. Nine people are reported killed and others injured in Caracas. Reports indicate that Chavez will be re-instated in the Presidency within hours, and that Vice President Cabello is acting President until Chavez returns. The U.S. media is already backpedaling on its previous coverage, which disengenously characterized the military coup as a triumph for democracy.
This highly unusual event shows that the Powers That Be are not all-powerful and that sometimes the people and democracy can prevail. Another wrench has been thrown into the plans of the Bush administration, his oil-company cronies, and globalized capital in general.
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Background: Previous portland indymedia feature on the coup | U.S. Military Attache implicated in Venezuelan coup | U.S. Navy provided jaming support for Venezuelan coup