August 28, 2005


Anti-Chavez march turns violent (BBC, 8/28/05)

Six people have been injured in clashes between opponents and supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.

The fighting broke out as opponents marched in the capital Caracas to demand electoral reform ahead of December's parliamentary elections.

Bottles, rocks, fireworks and tear gas were thrown in the worst violence between the two sides for months.

Venezuela has been relatively calm since President Chavez won a referendum on his rule in August 2004.

But his opponents claim the vote was tainted by fraud, and believe the national electoral board is made up of his supporters - charges the board deny.

Even as much as he's achieved already, if Pat Robertson manages to destabilize the Chavez regime he'd have to want that at the top of his bio.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 28, 2005 9:15 AM

> charges the board deny.

That would be good enough for the NYT public editor. Why isn't it good enough for the Venezuelan people?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at August 28, 2005 9:51 AM

You're forgetting about the time that he turned away a hurricane.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 28, 2005 10:26 AM

every Tom, Dick, and Harry has gotten God to mess with the weather--changing a government is big doin's.

Posted by: oj at August 28, 2005 10:34 AM

Maybe Pat will call off his forces if Hugo agrees to by a few hundred gross of his diet shake.

Posted by: John at August 28, 2005 1:36 PM

It's Bush's fault! Right?

Posted by: Dave W. at August 29, 2005 12:30 AM