[Marxism] Venezuela subversion

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 26 14:09:53 MDT 2006

(In addition to funding rightist opponents of the Bolivarian process,
Washington, organizing them and carrying out a propaganda blitz vs.
the Chavez government, Washington is carrying out even more steps
which could only be understood as further practicsl preparatory 
measures to assist in the violent overthrow of the government of
Venezuela, which was, as nearly everyone acknowledges, elected in
a fair-and-square democratic electoral process. Many more of the
very practical details follow the short Prensa Latina summary.)

Venezuela Snags Illegal US Diplo-Bombs

Caracas, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's Minister of Interior and
Justice, Jesse Chacon, accused the US of violating the Vienna
Convention, after infringing the South American country's customs
laws.Chavez to Malaysia on Sunday

In a press conference, Chacon rejected Washington's report concerning
a Friday incident over an alleged diplomatic pouch sent to the US
embassy in Caracas.

Chacon said that one of the 20 bags entered into the country by the
US embassy's press attaché, Brian Penn, contained detonators and
implements for missiles and expressed his concern because the
entering of that type of material was not controlled by the
Venezuelan part.

He stressed that 16 of the 20 pouches that arrived do not meet the
characteristics of a diplomatic bag.

The Venezuelan minister said that everything entering the country
should go through the customs, so that the US violated the Vienna
Convention by entering its bags through the back door.


Venezuela Accuses US of Smuggling under Diplomatic Cover
Saturday, Aug 26, 2006 		

By: Gregory Wilpert – Venezuelanalysis.com


Caracas, Venezuela, August 26, 2006 —Venezuela’s Minister of Justice
and the Interior, Jesse Chacón, accused the United States embassy of
evading customs controls and therefore of smuggling yesterday. On
Wednesday, Venezuela intercepted 20 containers that arrived at
Venezuela’s main international airport, which the US says are
diplomatic and personal affects that are protected by the Vienna

Chacón explained that the shipment was intercepted because only four
of the 20 containers had been declared as diplomatic material. The
rest of the shipment must pass through customs, which it did not and
was therefore intercepted outside the airport. According to Chacón,
the confiscated shipment included 80 kilos of poultry and other
“merchandise.” The four containers that could be considered
diplomatic material contained various personal affects such as
clothing and toys.

According to the US State Department, which filed a formal complaint
on Friday, Venezuelan authorities violated the Vienna Conventions
when they stopped the four trucks that were carrying the shipment.

The Vienna Convention states that countries are allowed to ship
documents and other material related to their diplomatic work to
their embassies without passing through customs inspections. Such
shipments, known as diplomatic valises, must be announced to the host
country’s authorities prior to their arrival.

“Suddenly and without explanation Venezuelan authorities denied the
vehicles permission to leave the airport and insisted that it
register the valises,” even though US officials presented the
“necessary documentation,” said State Department spokesperson Curtis

According to a BBC report, US State Department spokesman Edgar
Vasquez said, “The impounded cargo consisted of household effects of
a US diplomat and a shipment of commissary goods.”

In yesterday’s press conference, Chacón also said that Venezuelan
officials had discovered that an earlier shipment of military
equipment, which is apparently now located at the US embassy, and had
also passed through the Venezuelan airport without proper controls.

The State Department explained that indeed a shipment had been sent
to Venezuela with military equipment, which had been ordered by the
Venezuelan military ''prior to termination of arms sales to
Venezuela.'' A few months ago the US placed a ban on arms sales to
Venezuela with the argument that Venezuela was not sufficiently
supporting the US war on terrorism.

According to Chacón, however, while shipping documents indicated that
the military shipment included ejection seat propulsion motors for
Bronco airplanes that had been ordered by Venezuela’s military, there
was also other material that it did not order, such as detonators,
pliers, rocket motors, and other items. “What is this material coming
for? This has us worried,” said Chacón. Also, none of this material
has so far been received by Venezuela’s military.

For Chacón it is the US that violated the Vienna Convention. “I have
no doubt that in the case of the diplomatic valise of the United
States an open and flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention has
been committed. Along with Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry we are trying
to identify the type of violations the North American government has
committed,” said Chacón.

Chacón further explained that the 20 containers on the four trucks
measured about 3 meters wide, by 2 meters high. Chacón also
demonstrated some of the paperwork that supposedly authorized the
shipment, saying that the license plates of the trucks did not match
the documentation and that the fees for processing the paperwork were
paid a full day after the shipment had arrived.

Diplomatic relations between the US and Venezuela have been tense for
a while now. In addition to the US arms sales ban, last February
Venezuela expelled the US naval attaché on the grounds of having
spied on Venezuela. In retaliation, the US expelled the executive
assistant to the Venezuelan Ambassador.

Chavez slams US from China – China Endorses Venezuela for UN

While on a state visit to China, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez
continued his attacks against the US for opposing Venezuela’s bid for
the Latin American rotating UN Security Council seat. “the United
States government has unleashed a campaign against us so as to
prevent that Venezuela be elected – and then they talk about
democracy. This is a dictatorial policy of blackmail and pressure,”
said Chavez.Chavez announced that during his visit to China, its
president, Hu Jintao, had assured him that China would support
Venezuela for its Security Council seat bid. “We have many
successes,” said Chavez, “the support of China, that of Russia
announced by [President] Putin, the support of Mercosur [Argentina,
Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay], of Caricom [Caribbean Community], and
a daily increasing number of African countries, the support of the
Arab League. These are great successes for Venezuela.”

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