By Angelo Rivero Santos - Los Angeles Times, Nov 29th 2007
In recent weeks, U.S. policymakers and pundits have warned that a set
of constitutional reforms being considered in Venezuela are but a step
toward dictatorship. A
little calm, and context, is in order.
Recent electoral history in Venezuela shows use of fake polls and other efforts to undermine credibility of the upcoming referendum on constitutional reform, according to Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
An internal CIA memorandum has been
obtained by Venezuelan counterintelligence from the US Embassy in
Caracas that reveals a very sinister - almost fantastical, were it not
true - plan to destabilize Venezuela during the coming days.
Neighbors, friends and family members of young worker
and supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, José Anibal Oliveros Yépez,
who was murdered by a radical opposition group in the regional city of Valencia
on Monday, have express profound rage and indignation at what occurred
explaining that his body was spat on and kicked by his killers, "as if he were
On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated
a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is
devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will
influence the referendum this Sunday, December 2, 2007.
The Venezuelan political process is systematically demonized
not just by the bourgeois media but also by some supposed
progressives. They tend to focus more on the figure of
Chavez than on what that deepening social change means for
the great mass of people marginalised and oppressed since
independence from the Spanish colonial centre.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has warned powerful Venezuelan business
federation, Fedecamaras, against attempts to destabilize the country or attempt
a coup in the lead up to the constitutional reform referendum on December 2,
after the president of Fedecamaras, Jose Manuel Gonzales, made a call last week
to do whatever it takes to stop the reforms from being approved.
By Michael Fox - Venezuelanalysis.com, Nov 27th 2007
Thousands of Venezuelans, many of them Chavez
supporters, have bought the exaggerations and lies about Venezuela's
Constitutional Reform that have been circulating across the country for
months. Just a few weeks ago, however,
the disinformation campaign ratcheted up various notches as opposition groups
and anti-reform coalitions placed large ads in major Venezuelan papers.
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela warned
yesterday of new plans to destabilize the country after the national referendum
next Sunday, December 2nd. He also said he has new evidence of attempts to
assassinate him and called on the Venezuelan people to be on alert for any subversive
actions in the coming week.