Recommended viewing

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2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A television crew from Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez during the events of April 11, 2002.

Shifting focus, they followed the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that they say contradict explanations given by Chávez’s opposition, the private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

The documentary says that the coup was the result of a conspiracy between various old guard and anti-Chávez factions within Venezuela and the United States.

Hat tip: CV

24 comments on “Recommended viewing”

  1. Hat tip Colonial Viper …

  2. xtasy 2

    I saw the film when I was in Europe: Absolute MUST to watch. It is a historic film document of greatest value, especially for anyone, whose heart beats more towards the left.

  3. felixviper 3

    That film crew, eh? Talk about stumbling onto a story.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      And simultaneously soiling their daks.

      • Rogue Trooper 3.1.1

        speaking of which; new Facebook format= more sneaky marketing (alcohol been identified in MSM); enough to give ya the runs: Bite

  4. J’Accuse 4

    OPERATION CONDOR ON TRIAL: LEGAL PROCEEDINGS ON LATIN AMERICAN RENDITION AND ASSASSINATION PROGRAM OPEN IN BUENOS AIRES

    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB416/

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    I read that China is sending a senior Chinese civil servant to Chavez’ funeral (head of their National Development Commission). An interesting choice not to send a bona fide politician.

    And Russia, is sending the head of OAO Rosneft, one of their largest oil companies, someone who happens to be a close Putin ally and former deputy PM.

  6. johnm 6

    “US Plots Conquest of Venezuela in Wake of Chavez’ Death
    By Tony Cartalucci”

    “March 07, 2013 “Information Clearing House” – US corporate-financier funded think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), declared in its “post-Chávez checklist for US policymakers,” that the US must move quickly to reorganize Venezuela according to US interests.
    In reality, AEI is talking about dismantling entirely the obstacles that have prevented the US and the corporate-financier interests that direct it, from installing a client regime and extracting entirely Venezuela’s wealth while obstructing, even dismantling the progress and geopolitical influence achieved by the late President Hugo Chavez throughout South America and beyond. ”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34201.htm

    The Western NeoLiberal jackals whose vile money grubbing ideology Key supports, cause the same made him rich, are plotting to move in on the perceived carcass of Venezuela.

  7. geoff 8

    Great Vid!

  8. ordinary_bloke 9

    Muchas Gracias, Vipero Colonial !

  9. johnm 10

    He was saved by the people who rose up in protest at the coup, this gave heart to the Palace guard who began the reversal. Chavez could easily have ended like Allende, We have the same kleptocratic forces winning in NZ lead by Yankee Keyboy who was so mean spirited he would not attend this great man’s funeral who was anti NeoLiberalism, while of course Key is Pro.
    Clearly shows the disgusting greed for money and wealth at play to destroy democracy including private media involvement. The U$ was an accomplice even instigator, no doubt. Key visited Chile but not Venezuela the site of the murder of Allende but did not visit where the people won out.
    80% of kiwis don’t want asset sales but our dictator supported by the rich elites in NZ doesn’t mind-he’s selling anyway!

  10. Murray Olsen 11

    I never saw Chavez as the solution to the problems of Venezuela, and I have heavily criticised some of what he did. However, when it comes to defending him against Key, Shearer and their apologists here and anywhere else, I’m firmly on the side of El Presidente. Either you take the side of someone who made a difference on the ground, or you stand with Key and neoliberalism. To me, it is that simple.

  11. ordinary_bloke 12

    Virginia Quarterly Review on San Martin and Bolivar.

    You have to give it to the Yanqis, their English is not bad ..

    http://www.vqronline.org/articles/1931/summer/frank-san-martin/

  12. Rodel 13

    I’d like to see this on prime time tv..it’s an important documentary..very powerful.

  13. Bloody hell that made me cry – Thanks cv for bringing it to our attention again such a powerful and moving demonstration of people power and love.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      You’re welcome – it was a bloody close run thing on the ground for many hours there as the coup unfolded. It could very have easily gone against the ordinary peoples democratic wishes.

  14. johnm 15

    Why did John Yankee not go to Chavez’s funeral? 🙁 Besides the risk of a bitch slapping from Hilary Clinton?

    “Hugo Chavez: Breaking the chain of imperialism”
    “With an outpouring of great sadness, the world witnessed the passing of one of the great revolutionary leaders of our time, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, who died on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

    All who value human rights and democracy, which does not include the Washington regime, will miss his inspired leadership.”
    “Hugo Chavez was a visionary: a rare leader who cared about his people and envisioned a prosperous society in which all could share in the benefits, not just an exclusive few. President Chavez has left this world, but his legacy remains with us. It is now up to us – those of us who share his noble dream of a just society and are willing to struggle for it – to fight on until the last link in the oppressive chain of imperialistic capitalism is broken. ”

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/10/292780/chavez-breaking-chains-of-imperialism/

  15. johnm 16

    “El Comandante Has Left the Building”

    “El Comandante may have left the building – his body defeated by cancer – but the post-mortem demonization will go on forever. One key reason stands out. Venezuela holds the largest oil reserves in the world. Washington and that crumbling Kafkaesque citadel also known as the European Union sing All You Need is Love non-stop to those ghastly, feudal Persian Gulf petro-monarchs (but not to “the people”) in return for their oil. By contrast, in Venezuela El Comandante came up with the subversive idea of using oil wealth to at least alleviate the problems of most of his people. Western turbo-capitalism, as is well known, does not do redistribution of wealth and empowerment of communitarian values.”
    “As for his “socialism of the 21st century”, beyond all ideological straitjackets he did more to explore the true spirit of common values – as an antidote to the putrefaction of turbo-charged, financial capitalism – than tons of neo-Marxist academic analyses.

    No wonder the Goldman Sachs gang and cohorts saw him as worse than the Black Plague. Venezuela bought Sukhoi fighter jets; entered strategic relationships with BRICS members Russia and China – not to mention other Global South actors; maintains over 30,000 Cuban doctors practicing preventive medicine living in poor communities – what led to a boom of young Venezuelans studying medicine”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34231.htm

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