Venezuelan Vice-president Nicolas Maduro has publicly rejected an early release request for a jailed police commissioner convicted for his role in civilian killings during the short-lived 2002 coup against the Chavez government.
In recent days, opposition spokespeople who participated in and supported the 2002 coup d’état have been persistently demanding a pardon for those convicted of crimes during the coup attempt. In response, the Association of Victims of the Coup D’état (ASOVIC) has published a communiqué to express their complete repudiation of any possible concession for the Metropolitan Police agents who were convicted of crimes against humanity.
Miguel Mora, a 37 year old environmentalist, was present during the events on Llaguno Bridge in Caracas on 11 April 2002, and is accusing Venevision [television station] of being involved in the coup against President Hugo Chavez. Mora fired at a Metropolitan Police truck from Llaguno Bridge.
By Victor Rodriguez, Rachael Boothroyd- Venezuelanalysis.com, Apr 17th 2012
An interview with Victor Rodriguez of the Pluri-National Alternative Media Collective – The People’s Correspondents, based in Táchira state. The People’s Correspondents spans across Latin America and also has links in North America and Europe. The Venezuelan division was set up in 2008, when Rodriguez moved to Venezuela from his native Uruguay.
By Venezuela Solidarity Campaign UK, Apr 16th 2012
As Venezuelans celebrate the 10th anniversary of the defeat of the US backed coup that briefly overthrew the elected Chavez-led government, a broad range of prominent figures in Britain have shown their support for the expansion of democracy and social progress that followed the reversal of the coup and have warned against further US intervention in Venezuela.
Orlando Maita, a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), gives his view on the importance of the defeat of the April 2002 coup against the Chavez government for the current development of the Bolivarian process.
With debates, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations, this week Venezuela marked a decade since the coup and counter-coup of April 2002 which removed President Hugo Chavez from power in just under 48 hours.
Exactly ten years ago, on April 11, 2002, a group of rebelling military officers, together with opposition leaders and the mainstream media, staged a coup d’état against Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the April 11, 2002 coup, we are featuring the award-winning Venezuelan documentary Llaguno Bridge: Keys to a Massacre.
By Gregory Wilpert – Venezuelanalysis.com, Apr 14th 2012
Republished for the tenth anniversary of the defeat of the April 11-13 coup attempt, the most complete account—in English—of what happened and an examination of the most pressing questions around the events of those days.