[Marxism] CHavez threatens to stop oil to EU over racist immigration policies

Kiraz Janicke kirazj at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 18:31:06 MDT 2008

Chavez threatens to block oil to EU

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to shut off oil exports to
European countries that enforce tough new EU rules on illegal immigrants.

"Our petroleum should not go to these European countries" that apply the new
laws, Chavez said at a news conference in Caracas on Thursday.

The European Union adopted tough new rules on Wednesday on illegal
immigrants, allowing detention for up to 18 months prior to expulsion, and
angering human rights groups.

The measures, which could come into force in 2010, passed their final
political hurdle at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where they were
endorsed by 367 votes to 206 with 109 abstentions.

They will oblige authorities in 27 EU nations to choose between issuing
residency or other permits to the estimated half a million people coming in
illegally each year or returning them to their countries of origin.

Those denied residency have two options: "return" home or face "removal".

"Everyday I become more convinced, that it is necessary to transcend
capitalism ... through socialism, true socialism, with equality and
justice." - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"The free market is perfectly natural — do you think I am some kind of
dummy?" - Jarvis Cocker.

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