[Marxism] Don King hails Chavez after Venezuela visit

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Wed Feb 4 20:38:57 MST 2004


Monday, February 2, 2004:
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Boxing promoter Don King praised President
Hugo Chavez and his "revolution" during the Venezuelan leader's
weekly radio and television program on Sunday.

"To see what is happening here makes me feel good all over," said
King of Chavez's government and his efforts to bring social justice
to Venezuela's poor majority.

"You are a president of the people, for the people and by the people
and your magic lies in your people ties. You are the one concerned
about the poor," King said during Chavez's "Hello President" program.

Chavez, a leftist former paratrooper who is facing a possible recall
referendum this year, welcomed King as "a fighter of many years"
and "a man of justice."

After a brief conversation in which the two recalled past boxing
matches, Chavez and King hugged and called each other "brothers" in
English.

King was in Venezuela for an anti-drug boxing tournament in Caracas.
Boxing is one of the most popular sports in this South American
country of 24 million.

Two weeks ago, actor Danny Glover also joined Chavez during the show
and applauded his programs for the poor.

Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard were once clients
of King, who has previously visited Venezuela to promote local bouts
and boxers during his decades-long career.





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