Skip to comments.Venezuela military 'seizes ports'
Posted on 03/21/2009 3:46:08 PM PDT by frankiep
Venezuela's military has taken control of key airports and sea ports under the terms of a move rubber-stamped by parliament a week ago, reports say. The move centralises the running of the country's main transport hubs. President Hugo Chavez has pushed for the move, describing it as "reunifying the motherland, which was in pieces". Critics of Mr Chavez says the plans are unconstitutional, but the National Assembly backed them a week ago, saying they would improve essential services. State-level governments in Venezuela have controlled the country's most important airports, sea ports and major highways since a move towards decentralisation began some 20 years ago, the AFP news agency says. Many of the facilities seized on Saturday have since then fallen under the jurisdiction of state governments often hostile to Mr Chavez. Power struggle Soldiers were seen moving into major sites on Saturday, among them the port at Maracaibo, Venezuela's main oil-producing city - an opposition stronghold in the state of Zulia, AFP reported. Facilities in at least three opposition-run states were seized, according to reports. Since the government lost a number of key seats, including the mayoralty of Caracas, in local elections last year, there have been regular clashes over jurisdiction between local mayors and the national government. The latest change to the law came just weeks after Venezuelans voted for a constitutional amendment granting Mr Chavez and other elected officials the right to stand for election beyond the previous limit of two terms. The socialist leader has indicated on several occasions that he intends to run again for office in 2012 and has talked of remaining in power until 2021.
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> Critics of Mr Chavez says the plans are unconstitutional.
Sound like anyone we know who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
This could be us before we know it...
Curious how each little Hitler can take his respective country with nary a peep from the majority and only dithering and indecision from the opposition.
Ah, well. Only a short time now before Venezuela seeks Lebensraum.
1933 = 2009
The parliament or whatever you want to call the Venezuelan gubamint has given him the powers to reign as he will for 18 months. What then?
I am convinced , all Venezuelans must be total cowards.
That they can leave this moron in his position and stand by watching as they are turned into commie slaves is beyond me.
The paltry resistance they have so far put up, very unimaginative. And where was our technical help when W had the reins? Can one good Venezuelan come forth to correct history in the right way? I doubt it
As we look into our future.............
The future of the USA.
Time for Hillary to to throw her weight around in our hemisphere, perhaps?
Hopefully all the Capitalists have already escaped.
So now the KGB will be there to greet anyone trying to sneak out of the country...Can’t have the communist workforce escaping now can we...
What about here. The expansion of Homeland Security is starting to look like the Gestapo.
Obama will not speak out about his brother to the south. All totalitarian leaders share certain things in common. Chavez and Obama are practically twins.
i was just about to post that... glad to see i’m not the only one that can see it coming.
(i do love FR... gives me some sense of hope for humanity’s intelligence)
What do you think is happening in this country right now. Do you see any signs of dissent? Plently of Venezuelans and protested, plenty have been paid the price for it. Do you see any signs of dissent in this country? Has the media given any of us a voice? I would be afraid to be so sanctimoniously critical if I were you.
I work as a government contractor to an agency of DHS, and in the past have worked for other agencies under the DHS umbrella. You have no idea how right you are.....
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