Archive for December 31st, 2002

General Martinez not freed yet….

December 31, 2002

Despite the order by the Judge, General Martinez has not been freed in this great travesty of “democracy” that Hugo Chavez presides……

General freed as expected, Court rules his rights were violated.

December 31, 2002

General Carlos Alfonzo Martinez was ordered freed today when an injunction by his lawyers was favorably received by a First Circuit Court Judge. The judge ruled that the General’s has his Constitutional rights violated, he was not given the right to due process and was detained illegitimately (nice people!). I had hedged my bets saying he would be freed by Thursday, but my prediction was correct. The other one also will be correct, but I will never be able to prove it. This is an obvious resolution to the problem but reaffirms the irresponsability of the Chavez Government.

Happy New Year to all, here, there, pro, against….

December 31, 2002

The top part is fake, but not the people below at the anti-Chavez protest a couple of weeks ago in Caracas

Recommended article in today’s El Nacional

December 31, 2002

Very interesting article in today’s El Nacional page A-5 by Antonio Sanchez Garcia, originally from Chile and an Allende supporter who emigrated after the coup and lives in Venezuela. The article is too long to transalte but I recommend it to those that read Spanish. Two paragarphs are worth mentioning:

“This is the terrible quid pro quo of both revolutions: the venezuelan one would deserve for this opposition a President like Salvador Allende. Chile’s opposition, with Pinochet at the forefront,a President like Hugo Chavez Frias. A gangster against a gangster. The noble against the noble.”

“I would like that Ricardo Lagos, who would have never become President of Chile without that agreement favored and promoted by our democracy and our parties…could see Venezuela without wrath, without oportunism, without Realpolitik, without the OAS, without selfishness. He should be the perfect man called by that strange destiny that has always joined Chile and Venezuela since the time of Andres Bello, to make the most enormous effort to achieve understanding between the Democratic Coordinator and the single man that confronts it, not a Government alliance or people with an illusion: Hugo Chavez Frias.” 

Long live the robolucion!

December 31, 2002

On Dec. 20th. The Government held a demonstration that had poor attendance as reported <A href=’‘>here. This despite the use of buses from the State of Cojedes (Top Left) whose Governor is a big Chavez supporter, or the purchase of nothing but Dewar’s Scotch Whisky with trucks from the Alcaldia de Caracas. Pictures taken by Juan Carlos Llorente, whom I don’t know.

Government, once again, a no show

December 31, 2002

Chavez’ negotiating team failed, once again, to show up at the negotiating table. Is this what tehy call bad faith negotiations?


(New pictures in picture section)