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December 05, 2005


Henry Georget

I always find it interesting to read articles by foreigners on the Venezuelan "revolution". It teaches me a lot about my own country. For example, I did not know that the 1999 constitution "contained new obligations to pay taxes". Wait. It doesn't.

Or that the opposition is composed of the "mainly white elite". I guess that the people who marched against Chávez on April 11th, 2002, were "mainly white elite". It certainly didn't look that way at the time.

Or that the coup, the strike-lockout, and the referendum were all carried out by the same people: a faceless, sinister "opposition".

Or that the US is even contemplating an attack on Venezuela from Colombia.

Or that a "revolution" can be carried out without overthrowing the ruling class.

Live and learn.

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