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Chavez Says No Oil For US If He Loses Vote

From his friends and allies at the Associated Press:


Venezuela’s Chavez Says No Oil if U.S. Tries to Meddle in Vote

Saturday, December 01, 2007

CARACAS, Venezuela  — President Hugo Chavez urged supporters to approve constitutional changes that he said could keep him in power for life and threatened to cut off oil exports to the United States if it tries to meddle in Sunday’s vote.

Speaking to more than 200,000 supporters on Friday, Chavez warned that his opponents at home could try to sabotage the vote with backing from Washington through violent protests on the night of the vote.

“If ‘yes’ wins on Sunday and the Venezuelan oligarchy, the violent Venezuelans — the ones who play the (U.S.) empire’s game — unleash violence with the tale that there was fraud … minister, that very Monday you order a halt to the shipments of oil to the United States,” Chavez said, addressing his oil minister, Rafael Ramirez.

“Oil will not go out to the United States,” Chavez said, warning the opposition if they take to streets to deny a legitimate victory, “they’re going to regret it.”

Venezuela was the fourth largest oil exporter to the United States in 2006.

Chavez dismissed Venezuelans who oppose the constitutional changes as beholden to U.S. interests.

Anyone who votes ‘No’ is voting for George W. Bush,” he said. “Our real enemy is called the U.S. empire, and on Sunday, Dec. 2, we’re going to give another knockout to Bush, so no one forgets that is the battlefield.”

Chavez’s opponents have called for close monitoring of results in what they expect to be a tight contest, raising tensions ahead of a vote on sweeping changes that would left Chavez seek re-election in 2012 and indefinitely…

“If God gives me life and help,” Chavez said, “I will be at the head of the government until 2050!” — when he would be 95 years old.

“To the Venezuelan oligarchy and the U.S. empire, from here I’m warning them that they won’t be able to stop the car of the Bolivarian Revolution, because on Sunday we will approve the constitutional reform,” Chavez said.

There were no independent crowd estimates, but reporters estimated the crowd at more than 200,000

Speaking to the crowd from a stage, Chavez said: “Venezuela is going to be a world power, no matter whom it hurts!” …

“Chavez has become a father for us,” said Xiomi Diaz, a 34-year-old farmer. “He’s a father of the poor.” She and others traveled from across the country in hundreds of buses, and chanted: “Ooh, Ah! Chavez isn’t going anywhere!” …

University students have led protests and occasionally clashed with police and Chavista groups. One man was shot dead Monday while trying to get through a road blocked by protesters.

The opposition also has been heartened by some recent defections from Chavez’s movement, including former Defense Minister Gen. Raul Baduel. Even Chavez’s ex-wife, Marisabel Rodriguez, has urged Venezuelans to vote “no.”

About 100 electoral observers from 39 countries in Latin America, Europe and the United States are on hand, plus hundreds of Venezuelan observers, the National Electoral Council said.

Yet, absent this time are the Organization of American States and the European Union, which have monitored past votes.

Among those attending are observers from the National Lawyers Guild and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Chavez’s opponents have been suspicious of electronic voting machines made by Boca Raton, Florida-based Smartmatic Inc., which is primarily owned by three Venezuelans. But Luis Enrique Lander of the Venezuelan vote-monitoring group Ojo Electoral said his team is satisfied with vote preparations and safeguards…

How could there possibly be any fraud?

What with the (Communist front) National Lawyers Guild and the (avowedly socialist) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People watching the polls?

Both groups proclaim that economic or social “justice” (which is code for “communism”) is at the core of their stated missions:

From the NLG’s website:

National Lawyers Guild – Mission

The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

From the NAACP’s website:

NAACP INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS GOAL

The NAACP is dedicated to closing the gap of disparities faced by people of color across the globe by promoting fair and equitable human rights and economic justice.

Funny, their “mission statements” sound exactly what Mr. Chavez says he wants. So of course these groups will assure a fair accounting.

Speaking of counting, note how Mr. Chavez’s cheerleaders at the Associated Press estimated the “no” and “si” crowds:

The AP estimated Thursday’s anti-Chavez crowd at “tens of thousands.”

The AP estimated Friday’s pro-Chavez crowd at “more than 200,000.”

It’s almost as if the Associated Press want Mr. Chavez to win and have his fraudulent referendum deemed legitimate.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 1st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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