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13 May 2006 @ 04:52 pm
Hugo Chavez  
So, I've seen the "buy-cott" recommending buying gas from Citgo. I'm even trying to follow it for now, as I'd rather support Venezuela than the Middle East for now.

The strange thing for me is that people seem to be supporting Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, as a great humanitarian.

Most of what I know of President Chavez is from my friends in Venezuela: A few years ago, Venezuela went on strike against him for a few months, shutting down schools and a lot of industry, but he wouldn't leave, so they called it off. He has frozen Venezuelan credit cards so they won't work outside Venezuela, and his citizens have to get a special card, with a yearly limit, to buy anything from outside Venezuela. He has been accused of spending a lot of money on large projects, such as a dam, in other countries, while largely neglecting needs of his own country.

Are my friends totally off-base here? Is there something I'm missing? Thanks.
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ashi: ai-khan!!!ashi on May 13th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the info! *hug*
(Anonymous) on May 13th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Everyone has midle eastern oil, or so it tests at the pump (isotope differneces? beats me, but quite plausible).

He's dissed Bush, and that is enough for some people.
Kat: Programkat_chan on May 14th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
The "strike" back in 2003 was largely among the management classes; upper-middle income people who were facing higher taxes that were intended to support the social safety net for those at the bottom. There were counter-protests by the lower classes, opposing the strike. When the upper-classes found out that the people who clean their houses and remove their garbage were going to strike against THEM because of their strike against Chavez, that was when the strike was called off.

The man has won elections that have been a lot more fair and open than our last two presidential contests. I think that we have no business calling him "illegitimate" or a "dictator". It's all just rhetoric aimed at someone who won't allow himself to be cowed by US interests. This isn't to say that he's good, or that he desirable, even. I just think that he's mischaracterized in the US for a reason.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on May 14th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you. That helps to clear things up, at least in my head. :)
Bug New Leafmoonfroggy on May 15th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
thats what my dad has told me (my dad lives in bogota colombia and keeps up better with current events than i do
just another stranger: darcy-reflectiveladyakumu on May 15th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
So... I can't drive on Thursday? Pick me up at nine.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on May 15th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
You can't? Why not?
just another stranger: lizzie-swingladyakumu on May 15th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Oh nevermind. We're going to Clover Bakery btw.
ashi: bunny!ashi on May 15th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Mmm, bakery.
just another stranger: letter-2ladyakumu on May 16th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
Urgh. Due to stupid circumstances, it'll have to be 9:45 at the earliest.