Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks to supporters

during a May Day celebration in Caracas, May 1.



Tal Cual, Venezuela

President Chavez 'Puts Early End' to Honeymoon with Obama


"President Hugo Chavez took advantage of International Worker's Day celebrations to put an early end to his 'honeymoon' with Barack Obama, railing against the 'infamy of Obama,' demonstrated by a State Department report listing Venezuela as uncooperative in the battle against terrorism."


Translated By Douglas Myles Rasmussen


May 2, 2009


Venezuela - Tal Cual - Original Article (Spanish)

What a difference three weeks makes: President Hugo Chavez at a May Day rally rails against President Obama and the U.S. State Department, after its annual report on global terrorism criticized Venezuela for its lack of cooperation.


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President Hugo Chavez took advantage of International Worker's Day celebrations in Caracas to put an early end to his "honeymoon" with Barack Obama, railing against the "infamy of Obama," demonstrated, in his judgment, by a State Department report listing Venezuela as a country that doesn't cooperate in the battle against terrorism. 


"We categorically reject this infamy of Obama against Venezuela; for if any government has acted against the governments of Latin America it has been the Empire of the United States," the president said at the event held on Urdaneta Avenue, where three government-sponsored marches converged after passing through various parts of the capital. Hundreds of buses were provided for the marchers, with people coming in from the interior of the country. 


"I'm taking a stand in the name of the Venezuelan people, and I reject this ignominy. I ask that they leave us in peace, because we have resolved to break the chains of centuries and be free. Venezuela will never again be anyone’s colony. This is a free people," Chávez said, stressing that his socialist revolution "has only just begun" and that "within 20 years, the country will begin to see its fruits."


In his speech, broadcast by fiat on radio and television, Chávez said that as he conceives of it, in socialist Venezuela, "there is no place for oligarchs or traitors," and he took the opportunity to poke fun at demonstrations undertaken by Democratic forces, calling them "very squalid" in order to justify the police response of tear gas.


"I was watching the squalid people march, truly and lamentably degenerate, as almost always occurs as a counter to revolutions against hopelessness and their almost futile calls. What's more - theirs wasn't a march of workers but rather of conspirators, the resentful, the widows and widowers of the Pacto de Punto Fijo, and of the widows and widowers of capitalism."


[Editor's Note: The Pacto de Punto Fijo was an agreement meant to consolidate Venezuelan democracy in 1958. It appears that Chavez regards the pact as something that favors capitalism and the "Empire"].


The President explained, "that rally was full of hate," ended in "frustration," and was lashing out against the forces of order, so the Metropolitan Police and National Guard were obliged to disperse it, "with a few little pots of tear gas."


"We will not permit acts of violence. These are of the streets of the people - not the oligarchy or the counter revolution," the president said. 




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In another aspect of his analysis, Chávez affirmed that the Venezuelan working class is changing its vision, because the old capitalist rules that once divided it are becoming a thing of the past, and he said discussions on collective contracts in the public sector for teachers and electric companies are continuing, and he promised that that would soon be ready.


He emphasized that "in these first four months of the year, additional resources for workers have been approved - for the rising working class - that class that is transcending limits." 


He stressed that during the first quarter of this year, over 200 billion Bolivars [$93.2 million] were approved for socialist factories, a strategic project that will continue to transform Venezuela's economic model. 





















































[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US May 3, 11:49pm]