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Venezuelan Government Uncovers Video of Opposition Destabilization Plan

Opposition leaders Alejandro Peña Esclusa and Leopoldo Lopez speaking at a church in Caracas (YouTube)
Venezuelan Telecom Minister Jesse Chacon presented a video revealing the opposition strategy of destabilization for Sunday's referendum at a press conference on Thursday. In the video, opposition leaders call on their supporters to reject the results of the referendum.

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Proof that Colombian Hostages are Alive is "Thanks to Chavez"

The FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt in one of the images that prove she was still alive in October of this year.
Colombia arrested three who were found in possession of evidence demonstrating proof of life of five civilian and eleven military hostages held by the FARC. The proof of life evidence was addressed to Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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Over 150 European Parliamentarians Declare Support for Venezuelan Reform

Over 200 representatives from across Europe, including 150 parliamentarians, signed a statement in support of social progress and democracy in Venezuela ahead of referendum on 2 December.

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Venezuelan Opposition Closes Anti-Reform Campaign with Major Demonstration

Opposition supporters gathered on Caracas' largest boulvard to demonstrate against the constitutional reform proposal of President Chavez. (El Universal)
Several hundred thousand opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's proposed constitutional reform marched in Caracas today in their final protest before the referendum on Sunday.

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Relations Between Venezuela and Colombia Remain Frozen

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (Juan Carlos Solórzano/PP)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Wednesday that his government would not have relations with Colombia as long as Alvaro Uribe is the president of Colombia. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) made a similar statement on Tuesday, saying that there would be no humanitarian exchange as long as Uribe is in power.

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Risk of Deceptions in Venezuelan Referendum, CEPR Warns

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).

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Venezuelan Opposition Protesters Shoot Chavez Supporter

Gladys Yépez, mother of José Anibal Oliveros Yépez shot by opposition supporters. (VTV)
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 and animal."

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Opinion Surveys End with Mixed Results for Venezuelan Referendum

On Sunday, the last day in which the latest opinion surveys were allowed to be publicized in Venezuela, results provide a very mixed view of the possible outcome of Venezuela's national referendum on the constitutional reform next Sunday.

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Chavez Warns Venezuelan Business Group, While Working With Another

Chavez speaking at forum of employers in support of constitutional reforms (VTV)
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.

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Venezuela Puts Relations with Colombia “In the Freezer”

Chavez says he is putting relations with Colombia "in the freezer" (VTV)
"I declare to the world that I am putting relations with Colombia in the freezer, because I have lost all trust in the Colombian government," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Sunday after Colombian President Alvaro Uribe launched a verbal attack on Chavez.

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President Chavez Warns Against Destabilization Plans in Venezuela

President Chavez during a TV interview with four well-known Venezuelan journalists. (Alfonso Ocando/PP)
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.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court Will Not Rule on Reform before Referendum

Venezuela's Supreme Court Building (Cadena Capriles)
Venezuela's Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it would not rule on the constitutionality of the proposal to reform 69 articles of Venezuela's constitution until after the upcoming referendum on December 2nd.

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Outcry over Uribe’s Decision to Terminate Venezuela’s Role in Hostage Accord

Families of hostages held by the FARC protest Uribe's announcement in Bogotá, Thursday (AP)
The unexpected decision, Wednesday, by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to terminate the mediating role of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in negotiations to secure the release of 45 high-profile hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), has prompted widespread criticism in Colombia.

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Uribe Terminates Chavez's Mediation Efforts for a Colombian Hostage Swap

President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe at a speech in Bogota on Wednesday (AP)
Late last night, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe put an end to the efforts of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to achieve a humanitarian agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Following several months of negotiations, Uribe announced the end of the mediation efforts after Chavez made direct contact with the Colombian military command.

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Massive Student Demonstration In Support Of Constitutional Reforms

Chavez addresses a student demonstration in front of the Miraflores presidential palace. (Prensa Presidencial)
In a massive demonstration that dwarfed violent opposition student protests two weeks ago against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's proposed constitutional reforms, more than 50,000 students marched in favor of the reforms in Caracas on Thursday.

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