[Marxism] NPR on Venezuelan unions
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Mon Aug 2 18:52:18 MDT 2010
James Holstun wrote:
> ALL THIS CONSIDERED ran a particularly partisan piece tonight, all
> but accusing Hugo Chavez of assassinating tens of labor union
> organizers--more than in Colombia. Could someone please provide some
The context is that NPR is a propaganda outlet for the CIA and the State
Here's a typical NPR dispatch from Venezuela that I dredged up from
Lexis-Nexis. There are 57, all along the same lines.
National Public Radio (NPR)
February 14, 2009 Saturday
SHOW: Weekend Edition Saturday 9:00 AM EST NPR
Tough Tactics Ahead Of Venezuela Term-Limit Vote
LENGTH: 664 words
SCOTT SIMON, host:
In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez
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is asking his countrymen to approve a referendum to drop term limits and
allow him to extend his rule. His opponents call Mr. Chavez an autocrat,
and for proof, they point to the way he's tried to hold on to power in
Caracas even after losing elections there. NPR's Juan Forero reports
from the Venezuelan capital.
JUAN FORERO: In November, opposition leaders celebrated after winning
key posts in elections for governors and mayors, no more so than here in
Caracas, where Antonio Ledezma captured city hall. But over the next few
weeks, President Chavez's red-shirted supporters, some armed, occupied
at least four buildings, including city hall. And incoming officials
said they've been prevented from using their offices.
(Soundbite of music)
FORERO: The bugle calls some of Chavez's most ardent followers to
action. People like Nancy Roxas(ph). She is one of the government
loyalists now occupying government buildings.
Ms. NANCY ROXAS: (Foreign language spoken)
FORERO: Roxas says she lost her job when Ledezma, a strident foe of
Chavez, won city hall, a job she says was designed to, among other
things, advance Chavez's efforts to transform Venezuela into a socialist
With the buildings occupied, the mayor now runs a city from offices on
the 19th floor of a downtown skyscraper. Ledezma says he was no match
for the armed men who took over city hall.
Mayor ANTONIO LEDEZMA (Caracas, Venezuela): (Foreign language spoken)
FORERO: Ledezma says he may have the authority, but his opponents wield
violence. Other vital city agencies share offices with Ledezma's staff.
Workers and managers said that not only have they been barred from their
offices, but they found them ransacked, computers stolen, files had
disappeared. Angel Rangel is chief of security for the city. He said
motorcycles and other vehicles were missing.
Mr. ANGEL RANGEL (Chief of Security, Caracas, Venezuela): They destroyed
the building, all the contents inside. They destroyed the previous
information - the information for the last four years. Not only the
information, but actually, the equipment - most of the equipment was
destroyed. The (unintelligible) disappeared, the database disappeared.
FORERO: City workers also found that the previous mayor, a close ally of
Chavez, had hired nearly 9,000 workers on a contract basis. But Ledezma
said they weren't hired for traditional city jobs. Speaking to
supporters on a recent day, he said they were instead used to campaign
in neighborhoods, also to serve as bodyguards to Chavez lawmakers in
Congress and as shock troops to intimidate foes.
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