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Governor Orders Venezuelan Troops to Seize Heinz Tomato Plant, Saying It Abandoned
AP ^ | AP-ES-09-05-05 1808EDT

Posted on 09/05/2005 4:07:03 PM PDT by TheOtherOne

Governor Orders Venezuelan Troops to Seize Heinz Tomato Plant, Saying It Abandoned
The Associated Press
Published: Sep 5, 2005 CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A state governor allied to leftist President Hugo Chavez has ordered Venezuelan troops to seize an abandoned tomato-processing plant owned by the H.J. Heinz Co., a state official said Monday.

The plant in the eastern state of Monagas still belongs to Heinz but hasn't been used for years, said Angelica Rivero, a spokeswoman for the governor.

"The governor decided to seize the plant so it can be protected from looters and later be put to use," Rivero said.

Monagas Gov. Jose Gregorio Briceno told the state-run Bolivarian News Agency the plant changed hands several times under previous governments before Heinz purchased it in 1997 and later ceased operations.

Debbie Foster, a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh-based food company, said the plant had not been used for eight to 10 years but gave no other comment.

Officials were expected to expropriate the plant, a move that would require the Venezuelan National Assembly to declare the property to be of "public interest." It wasn't immediately clear whether soldiers were posted at the plant Monday.

Chavez, a close ally of Cuba's Fidel Castro who says he supports socialism, has said the government may expropriate the property of companies whose factories are idle or partially paralyzed in order to put them back to work.

One nearby town, Caicara, suffered because of the actions of the "transnational monopoly," Briceno told the state news agency, known by its Spanish initials ABN.

"At that time I was mayor of that town and I felt impotent, my hands tied, as 30 million kilos (66 million pounds) of tomatoes ... were produced, and the closing of the business led the farm workers to go broke," Briceno told ABN.

Venezuela's constitution says the government will respect private property but that the state may expropriate property if for public use or "social interest," as long as compensation is paid.

So far this year, the government has expropriated the assets of a failed paper company and an industrial valve maker.

The governor's order to seize the tomato plant came as Venezuela's largest food producer, Alimentos Polar, said it was challenging the legality of a military takeover of its storage facilities in the southernwestern state of Barinas.

AP-ES-09-05-05 1808EDT


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: heinz; venezuela

1 posted on 09/05/2005 4:07:04 PM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: TheOtherOne

Be careful, Hugo. Hell hath no fury like Teresa Heinz.


2 posted on 09/05/2005 4:08:00 PM PDT by RichInOC ("The coffee is strong at Cafe du Monde, the doughnuts are too hot to touch..." Save the Big Greasy!)
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To: TheOtherOne

Red on Red...:o)


3 posted on 09/05/2005 4:08:25 PM PDT by NickatNite2003
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To: TheOtherOne

Hey now, its just eminent domain, SCOTUS style... </sarcasm>


4 posted on 09/05/2005 4:08:33 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?)
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To: TheOtherOne
A state governor allied to leftist President Hugo Chavez has ordered Venezuelan troops to seize an abandoned tomato-processing plant owned by the H.J. Heinz Co., a state official said Monday.

Don'tcha just love it when the Leftists eat their own? Hehehehehehe!

5 posted on 09/05/2005 4:08:55 PM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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To: TheOtherOne

Hey, Tereza, are you gonna tell him to SHOVE IT?


6 posted on 09/05/2005 4:09:17 PM PDT by stboz
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To: TheOtherOne
Officials were expected to expropriate the plant, a move that would require the Venezuelan National Assembly to declare the property to be of "public interest."

Teraaaaza could take it to the Supreme court but
precedent is against her.
7 posted on 09/05/2005 4:10:18 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TheOtherOne
Sounds like Hugo is taking his cue from the Supreme Court...

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."-Animal Farm

8 posted on 09/05/2005 4:10:24 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: TheOtherOne

Only one solution to this predicament....9 gin soaked raisins.


9 posted on 09/05/2005 4:10:50 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: TheOtherOne

NO WAR FOR KETCHUP!


10 posted on 09/05/2005 4:11:04 PM PDT by Normal4me ((it's called sarcasm!))
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To: TheOtherOne

Scrappleface has competition from the real world.


11 posted on 09/05/2005 4:13:34 PM PDT by AmishDude (Join the AmishDude fan club: "ROFLOL!" -- tuliptree76; "Great point." -- AliVertias)
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To: TheOtherOne

It's been "abandoned" for years but is only now in need of "protection" from looters?

On the other hand, LOL


12 posted on 09/05/2005 4:13:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: Normal4me

NO WAR FOR KETCHUP!



Hahahah!

Yeah, you got to ask yourself would they be doing this if
Kerry was President?

Answer. "It's all Bush's fault!"

This is only a taste of things to come in South America.


13 posted on 09/05/2005 4:15:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TheOtherOne

As Festus Haggen might say, "Hardy, har har!"


14 posted on 09/05/2005 4:16:19 PM PDT by F-117A
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To: TheOtherOne
"The governor decided to seize the plant so it can be protected from looters and later be put to use,"

"I'd better take this before some ... thief ... does."

15 posted on 09/05/2005 4:17:33 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: Normal4me
NO WAR FOR KETCHUP!

Is THIS the plant in question?


16 posted on 09/05/2005 4:18:04 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TheOtherOne

I can almost hear Carly Simon singing "Expropriation."


17 posted on 09/05/2005 4:19:50 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: TheOtherOne

OH MAN!!! that's where Ms. Heinze does her pickled raisins....she is gonna be mad when she goes there to get some and the building is being used by someone else....

Katie bar the door!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>makin tracts out of town....


18 posted on 09/05/2005 4:20:32 PM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: TheOtherOne

Well, after SCOTUS affirmed the same right here, we have little to bitch about, but a question is in order.

If those industries are not working, then just what are you going to do with them? After all, they made no economic sense to operate or they would be open, so whats up?


19 posted on 09/05/2005 4:25:12 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: TheOtherOne; All

"I will now be able to destroy the U.S. with my ketchup ICBM"


20 posted on 09/05/2005 4:26:46 PM PDT by Conservative Firster
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To: Conservative Firster

LOL!


22 posted on 09/05/2005 4:30:58 PM PDT by texianyankee
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To: Conservative Firster
Once she gets done collecting bottles, old Chavez had better watch out.

The big T is headed your way.


23 posted on 09/05/2005 4:32:59 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: TheOtherOne

Ter=ray-sa, you are being paged!


24 posted on 09/05/2005 4:34:07 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: TheOtherOne
Dear Hugo,

How dare you try to seize my wife's tomato farm?

I fought in Vietnam, don't forget that now.

Sincerely,

John F. Kerry
25 posted on 09/05/2005 4:34:20 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: The South Texan

Whoever owns the mustard plant is scared sh*tless right now.


26 posted on 09/05/2005 4:35:53 PM PDT by buckandbuck1
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To: tet68

Shocking! What's PETV got to say?


27 posted on 09/05/2005 4:47:27 PM PDT by mikrofon (People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables)
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To: TheOtherOne

Oh Lovie, have you seen the story in today's paper?


28 posted on 09/05/2005 4:51:19 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: RichInOC


"I supported Venezuela seizing my wife's tomato-processing plant before voting against it."
29 posted on 09/05/2005 4:59:04 PM PDT by BlackRain
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To: tet68
NO WAR FOR KETCHUP!

ROTFLMAO! That's a good one!

Although through it all I couldn't give up my Heinz Ketchup, after all Heinz was a Republican.

30 posted on 09/05/2005 5:16:36 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Minuteman at heart, couch potato in reality))
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To: RichInOC

Yeah, I wonder what that broad is going to say about this?


31 posted on 09/05/2005 5:20:53 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: freekitty

"Yeah, I wonder what that broad is going to say about this?"

Fools, they have nothing without the hot-dog factory! Bwahahahah


32 posted on 09/05/2005 5:23:43 PM PDT by buckandbuck1
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To: frankjr

"Only one solution to this predicament....9 gin soaked raisins."

I hate to agree with Mama T, but I KNOW people with arthritis who were not happy with the prescription drugs they tried and SWEAR by the gin soaked raisins. They say their joints have not felt better in years. Only one person I know out of 5 who have tried this remedy said it had little effect.


33 posted on 09/05/2005 5:26:31 PM PDT by hophead
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To: TheOtherOne
I didn't read the whole article...was this in New London CT or somewheres about?

I have updated my FMCDH (From My Cold Dead Hands) sign-off with the addition of (BITS).....Blood In The Streets, which I foresee coming soon, due to the enormous increase of the Marxist progressive movement being shoved down the throat of this failing REPUBLIC through the Judicial tyranny of fiat law, the passing of unconstitutional laws by the Legislative and Executive branches of our government and the enormous tax burden placed upon the average American to support unconstitutional programs put forth by Marxist ideology.

I do not advocate revolution. I only think of what I foresee.

FMCDH(BITS)

34 posted on 09/05/2005 5:45:53 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: TheOtherOne

"The governor decided to seize the plant so it can be protected from looters and later be put to use." Well, could you just ask for anything nicer. That Hugo.


35 posted on 09/05/2005 6:34:35 PM PDT by bboop
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To: TheOtherOne

Castro II but with oil money. This nut needs to be watched closely.


36 posted on 09/05/2005 6:37:52 PM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: TheOtherOne

Bwaahhaaahaaa


37 posted on 09/05/2005 6:57:13 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: bill1952

Is that a tell-tale buldge in those britches?


38 posted on 09/05/2005 6:59:54 PM PDT by SierraWasp (My Governor has morphed into the "FLINCHINATOR!!!")
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To: SierraWasp

Reverrahnnd Jackson and Fidel Chavez can organize a food driver for NO flood victims, ketchup with the fries


39 posted on 09/06/2005 2:32:42 PM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: TheOtherOne

Looks like they're forcing John Effin' Kerry to come off that fence and make a firm denunciation of Hugo Chavez, just as he did when he was in Vietnam (did you know he was there?) winning 3 purple hearts and in anguish of the death and destruction caused by his buddies in the US War Machine blah-blah, blah blah, blah-blah-blah blah, blah-blah, blah blah, blah-blah-blah, blah....


40 posted on 09/06/2005 2:33:11 PM PDT by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: stan_sipple

Yeah, and we'll remind 'em that ketchup is a vegtable of the highest order!!! Ha Ha Ha... (well, it once was in pubic school lunches)


41 posted on 09/06/2005 2:40:02 PM PDT by SierraWasp (The only thing that can save CA is making eastern CA the 51st state called Sierra Republic!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

remember Jesse High Jackson skit, circa 1988, on SNL: dont give no nuclear freeze what about my government cheese?


42 posted on 09/06/2005 2:44:25 PM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

Dang! I missed that knee slapper!! I used to love some of SNL!!!


43 posted on 09/06/2005 4:08:24 PM PDT by SierraWasp (The only thing that can save CA is making eastern CA the 51st state called Sierra Republic!!!)
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To: Blue Highway

ping


44 posted on 09/06/2005 11:37:15 PM PDT by perfect stranger ("Hell Bent for Election" by Warburg)
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To: TheOtherOne
"Saying It Abandoned"

Since when has the AP started writing headlines in Ebonics?

45 posted on 09/06/2005 11:48:41 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: perfect stranger
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46 posted on 09/07/2005 9:01:06 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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