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Monday, 1 April 2013

The dangerous choice facing Venezuelans

When Venezuelans vote on 14 April they will have a choice between Nicolas Maduro, a socialist who is committed to the continuation of the work of Hugo Chávez, and Henrique Capriles Radonski a violent servant of the United States who, it seems, may have fallen out with his friends in Washington.

Two weeks ago, acting President, Nicolas Maduro announced that the security forces had uncovered a plot to assassinate Capriles, apparently involving  the former Bush officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich.

The Voice of Russia reports here that while both these guys deny the accusation, revelations by Wikileaks leave no doubt that Capriles has been a very close collaborator with Washington, so much so that he is in fact a creation of the US.

The article speculates that the assassination plot is an indication that Capriles has fallen out with his friends in Washington and that he now must be silenced because he 'knows too much' about dirty dealings in Caracas - including the possible poisoning of Chávez with radiation, as many suspect.

Be that as it may, what is very clear is the stark choice now facing Venezuelans, for Henrique Capriles Radonski is not only ideologically right-wing, he is also a violent activist who is not averse to using terrorist methods, if this article by the Cuban-based French journalist Jean Guy-Allard is accurate.

According to Guy-Allard, during the coup d’etat against President Hugo Chavez in April 2002, Capriles led an assault on the Cuban Embassy in Caracas with  a group Cuban-Venezuelans (see film above).

In reports by the US State Department on Venezuela and published by Wikileaks, Capriles was linked to the assault on the Cuban Embassy in Caracas, and as a suspect in the assassination of the Venezuelan Prosecutor, Danilo Anderson, who had him imprisoned awaiting trial for his part in the coup.

According to polls, Capriles is trailing in the election race - one can only hope that he loses.

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