Kiraz Janicke, Venezuelanalysis.com
“I hold responsible the president of the
However, Chavez warned, “If
“If that occurs,” he continued, referring to the famous phrase of revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who called for Vietnam style guerilla war against U.S. imperialism, “we will shout with Che Guevara and then one, two, three, four, five, or 10 Vietnams will have to be created in Latin America."
“Imperialism has a plan to knock off this Indian. I put to them we have a plan also, but of course we are not going to say. Right, Evo? What is going to happen to the Bolivian oligarchy is what happened to the Venezuelan oligarchy the 12 and 13th of April , when the Venezuelan people came out to confront the tyranny, the imperialist coup. It’s best that we don’t tell more of the plan.”
Chavez’s comments came as up to 100,000 people from
“The oligarchy that today is conspiring against Evo in Bolivia is the same oligarchy that conspired here against Venezuela, against our people, it is the same that here made a coup, driven forward and financed by the government of the United States, the same is occurring in Bolivia,” he added
Chavez’s claims are supported by the investigation of U.S.-Venezuelan human rights lawyer Eva Golinger, who last week published a report that documents
Golinger reveals that the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), opened in Bolivia in 2004 has contracted the U.S. Company Casals & Associates Inc. (C&A) to manage US$13.3 million granted to 379 organizations, political parties, and projects in Bolivia. USAID-OTI and C&A in
“The majority of the 13.3 million has been given to organizations and programs working to ‘strengthen regional governments’ with the intention of weakening the national government of Evo Morales,” she continued.
Chavez insisted, however, that
Morales thanked Chavez for being invited to his program and said that while he r ecognized that his government was confronted by problems from various opposition groups against the Constituent Assembly and the process of constitutional reform, the majority of Bolivians are supporting the process of change for more social equality.
Morales also spoke of the need to change the economic model in
During the program Chavez and Morales signed a number of agreements for joint development projects between their respective countries, as well as inaugurating the first phase of the Siderúrgica Ferrominera iron and steel plant in the Cuidad Piar in
The agreements, which form part of ALBA (the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas), initiated by Venezuela in opposition to the U.S. promoted Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, include plans to form joint-ventures in mining, cement and forestry projects, build a petrochemical plant in Cochabamba, as well as a bi-national company to exploit the Mutun iron deposit in Bolivia's Santa Cruz department, which, according to a statement today from Venezuela's information ministry, has 42 billion metric tons of reserves.
During the broadcast Chavez also spoke of his offer to mediate peace negotiations in neighboring
"I have faith that we will succeed. Nobody said it would be easy,” he added.