AFP's Venezuela chronology
Jose G. Perez
jgperez at netzero.net
Sun Apr 14 00:18:38 MDT 2002
[Notice how Chavez's resignation that all the headlines and gasbags on TV
proclaimed yesterday has almost completely disappeared. It seems the reports
of the Bolivarian revolution's demise were greatly exaggerated. I can't wait
for the payback!]
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CARACAS, April 14 (AFP) - Here the main events of the crisis
that has shaken Venezuela for the past four days:
Thursday, April 11:
- Business and union leaders demand the resignation of President
Hugo Chavez before a crowd of 50,000 people. The government urges
supporters to back Chavez.
- Chavez orders a suspension of broadcasts by private television
networks opposed to him.
- Pro-government and opposition demonstrators face off in
Caracas. At least 15 people are killed and almost 100 are wounded.
- A group of 10 top military officials declare their opposition
- Leading military officials in the Chavez government announce
Friday, April 12:
- Army commander General Efrain Vazquez announces that Chavez
wants to resign. It is announced that business leader Pedro Carmona
will replace him.
- Carmona assumes power and announces new presidential elections
in a year.
- Latin American leaders meeting in Costa Rica for a trade
summit denounce the breakdown of constitutional order in Venezuela.
- The interim government announces a reorganization of
institutions of power.
- Carmona revokes 49 controversial laws adopted during Chavez's
- The National Assembly is dissolved.
Saturday, April 13:
- Disturbances break out in the capital and other parts of
country. At least three people are killed.
- The commander of a brigade of paratroopers in Maracay refuses
to recognize orders of the interim government.
- Chavez is transferred to the island of Orchila, in the
- Hundreds of supporters of Chavez march towards the
- Carmona takes refuge at Tiuna Fort, southwest of Caracas.
- Members of the Chavez cabinet install themselves in the
- Carmona announces the restoration of the National Assembly.
- The Chavez cabinet hold a meeting in the presidential palace.
- Hector Navarro, the higher education minister in the Chavez
cabinet, says loyal forces demanded the president's release before
0200 GMT on Sunday to avoid military action.
- Carmona resigns the interim presidency.
- Diosdado Cabello, vice president in the Chavez government, is
sworn in as acting president.
- Carmona is arrested along with his cabinet and general staff.
- General Lucas Rincon returns to the post of armed forces
- Cabello promises to restore constitutional order and assures
his presidential tenure will be brief.
- A delegation of supporters travels to the island of Orchila to
bring Chavez back to Caracas.
Sunday, April 14:
- Chavez leaves Orchila Island aboard a helicopter and heads to
Caracas, according to Labor Minister Maria Cristina Iglesias.
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