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Venezuela seizes a landmark Hilton Hotel
AFP ^ | October 13, 2009

Posted on 10/14/2009 6:47:16 AM PDT by george76

President Hugo Chavez has ordered the "acquisition by force" of a landmark Hilton Hotel on Venezuela's Margarita island, the government's Official Gazette announced Tuesday.

The facility, on the Caribbean resort island of Margarita in Nueva Esparta state, was targeted for state takeover less than a month after it was used to host the Africa-South America Summit.

It is not the first time Chavez's government has checked into a Hilton and stayed for good.

Caracas has already seized the Hotel Hilton in Caracas, rechristening it the Hotel Alba, a reference to the Venezuelan-led leftist regional alliance Alianza Bolivariana para las Americas (ALBA).

In the past four years, Venezuela has implemented the nationalization of industries it sees as strategic including electrical utilities, cement, steel, oil services and banking.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chavez; hilton; hiltonhotel; hiltonhotels; hugo; hugochavez; marxist; marxistthieves; marxistthug; nationalization; socialism; thieves; venezuela

1 posted on 10/14/2009 6:47:17 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Another theft


2 posted on 10/14/2009 6:48:37 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: george76
Why any company keeps or maintains assets there is beyond me...
3 posted on 10/14/2009 6:49:48 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: george76
Hussein's taking notes and learning much from his big brother in socialism.
4 posted on 10/14/2009 6:49:55 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: george76

BOYCOTT CITGO!


5 posted on 10/14/2009 6:50:34 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: george76

Watch as Venezuela becomes Cuba.


6 posted on 10/14/2009 6:51:58 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: george76
Why is it that when Chavez does this, Americans snicker...

And when BO does this, they cheer?

I don't get it.

7 posted on 10/14/2009 6:52:55 AM PDT by wbill
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To: george76

This is just his reaction to Obama seizing a car company and a bank or two... Competition among thieves, gang turf wars and all that...


8 posted on 10/14/2009 6:54:00 AM PDT by Zeppo (Save the cheerleader, save the world...)
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To: 2banana

>>Why any company keeps or maintains assets there is beyond me...

Who would buy their assets with that kind of risk? Their only other option is ‘Wyatt’s Torch’.


9 posted on 10/14/2009 6:59:44 AM PDT by vikingd00d (chown -R us ./base)
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To: 2banana

If they already have assets there, there’s probably not much they can do. I’m sure private buyers aren’t lining up to purchase them.


10 posted on 10/14/2009 7:01:43 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: george76

Don’t piss off the Hiltons gordo. They’ll get Paris on you for revenge.


11 posted on 10/14/2009 7:02:57 AM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: vikingd00d
Who would buy their assets with that kind of risk? Their only other option is ‘Wyatt’s Torch’.

Alot of assets can leave. And what can not be taken will not be maintained.

And I would add software malware that would wreck any computer systems if used by anyone else.

Let them take unmaintained, unworking assets that need mucho dinero

12 posted on 10/14/2009 7:03:07 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: GeronL

The article says the hotel was “nationalized.” Does this mean the government took the privately held property without paying for it?


13 posted on 10/14/2009 7:03:18 AM PDT by grasshopper2
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To: george76

Obama and Chavez are Marxist thieves.


14 posted on 10/14/2009 7:03:32 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: george76

Too bad it wasn’t one of Penny Pritzer’s HYATT HOTELS!! Why not....because she’s a HUGE supporter of Bammy’s, Hugo’s BEST FRIEND!


15 posted on 10/14/2009 7:04:52 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: george76

Does he pay just compensation for these private property seizures?


16 posted on 10/14/2009 7:06:29 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Unam Sanctam

Supreme leaders for life don’t pay compensation.


17 posted on 10/14/2009 7:10:29 AM PDT by nufsed (Release the passport, school and birth records.)
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To: grasshopper2

Either took it for nothing or for a token fee.


18 posted on 10/14/2009 7:15:19 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: grasshopper2

I would guess yes. The Venezuelan government apparently thinks nationalizing industries and businesses is free money, but they’re usually acquiring debts. They never seem to pay their suppliers etc


19 posted on 10/14/2009 7:21:35 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Gay State Conservative

I know about CITGO, but isn’t VALERO also owned by Chavez?


20 posted on 10/14/2009 7:23:01 AM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: FLAMING DEATH
Venezuela has smelly oil, Cuba has smelly tobacco.
21 posted on 10/14/2009 7:23:35 AM PDT by MaxMax (Obama can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: GeronL
I stayed at the Hilton on Margarita Island about a 15 years ago and it was a beautiful place.

Several years ago, I stayed at the now Government owned Hilton in Caracas. It was a total disaster, most of the guests were Cubans there to “aid” Venezuela. I felt so uncomfortable that I wanted to leave the hotel so badly.

Venezuela is a beautiful country with wonderful people, I really weep for what is happening to them and unfortunately, I see so many parallels here in the U.S.

22 posted on 10/14/2009 7:24:19 AM PDT by GWB00 (Barbara Streisand barely made it out of high school.)
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To: GWB00

I see the parallels too. Its pretty scary.


23 posted on 10/14/2009 7:30:46 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2banana

Agreed. At what point does a company look at a situation and just cut their losses and get out?

At first when this started I thought the US should step in somehow to protect American interests in Venezuela. Now, as this has gone on for sometime, I feel an incident like the Hilton is just a dumb business risk.


24 posted on 10/14/2009 7:35:52 AM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: george76
WOW! My wife and I spent our wedding night there 18 years ago. We were married on the island. Took 6 of our family members there to stay for the prior week (in a much cheaper resort down the street) We were married the day before they left - The Admiral and I stayed an additional week as a "honeymoon". We treated ourselves to the upscale Hilton for the wedding night before returning to The Decameron.

How sad that it was taken over.

25 posted on 10/14/2009 7:46:17 AM PDT by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: george76

all private property in that country should be equipped with a self-destruct button


26 posted on 10/14/2009 7:46:43 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: george76

‘...acquisition by force...’

or, in plain English, theft.


27 posted on 10/14/2009 8:28:01 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: 2banana
Why any company keeps or maintains assets there is beyond me...

Would you buy it off their hands?
28 posted on 10/14/2009 8:30:43 AM PDT by Jagermonster (They will not force us. They will stop degrading us. They will not control us. We will be victorious)
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To: TheCause

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valero_Energy_Corporation


29 posted on 10/14/2009 8:34:26 AM PDT by Jagermonster (They will not force us. They will stop degrading us. They will not control us. We will be victorious)
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To: george76

IF this is an American-owned company, why isn’t this an act of War?


30 posted on 10/14/2009 10:34:52 AM PDT by Abundy
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To: GWB00
Venezuela is a beautiful country with wonderful people, I really weep for what is happening to them and unfortunately, I see so many parallels here in the U.S.

Never been there but the Venezuelans I've known completely match your description. Unfortunately, from what little I can gather they have now been ruined by this government.

31 posted on 10/14/2009 8:37:09 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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