Chávez had been elected president by a wide margin in 1998, breaking a lock on power by the two establishment parties that had dominated Venezuelan politics for decades. He repeated the strong electoral showing in 2000. But in the eyes of Washington officials, Chávez was no more than a man guilty of the following offenses.He branded the post-September 11 US attacks on Afghanistan as “fighting terrorism with terrorism”, demanding an end to “the slaughter of innocents”; holding up photographs of children said to have been killed in the American bombing attacks, he said their deaths had “no justification, just as the attacks in New York did not, either. In response, the Bush administration temporarily withdrew its ambassador. When she returned to Venezuela, she had what one US official called a “very difficult meeting” with Chávez, in which she told him “to keep his mouth shut on these important issues.He was very friendly with Fidel Castro and sold oil to Cuba at discount rates or in exchange for medical and other services. Chávez called for an end to the US embargo against Cuba.

Hugo Chavez won his first presidential election in December 1998, vowing to improve the lives of the poor and end the country's two-party political system.Hugo Chávez became leftwing figurehead

Chavez greets supporters with his then-wife, Marisabel Rodriguez de Chavez, beside.

By 2002, it had become clear to policymakers in the United States that Latin America, considered by U.S. political elites to be their own backyard, was slipping away. They needed to act if they wanted to maintain their control over the region.Hugo Chavez was rescued and restored to power on April 13, 2002.The wave of progressive and revolutionary governments in Latin America began in 1998, with the election of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela. That marked the beginning of the Bolivarian revolution. Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina would soon follow.A man committed to the people, first and foremost the poor and the working class of Latin America, Chavez’s government would rapidly move to the left, a move that provoked a clash with both the domestic ruling class and the interests of U.S. imperialism.The desire of U.S. to send a message to the region, namely those who saw Venezuela under Chavez as source of inspiration, would lead them to play an active role in the April 11, 2002 coup that saw President Chavez briefly ousted from power. The history of Latin America over the last decade would be radically different had a popular uprising against the coup not returned Chavez to power two days later.That the United States would be involved in an effort to put an end to a leader who posed problems for its corporate and political interests, and squash the example of the Bolivarian revolution before those problems grew, is not surprising. Fortunately, as with the failed Bay of Pigs invasion against Cuba’s Fidel Castro, the attempted coup would only serve to consolidate Venezuela as the leader of a continental anti-imperialist project.

A dramatic coup d'etat in Venezuela against Hugo Chavez.FR Report Suggests U.S. Preparing For Upcoming Venezuela Coup.

A group of supporters of the Venezuelan Government rally during the commemoration activities of the failed.

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