Hugo Chavez: You Are A Donkey Mr Danger

By Rob Last edited 141 months ago
Hugo Chavez: You Are A Donkey Mr Danger

If you thought last weekend's elephant extravaganza was good then you ain't seen nothing yet.

This weekend sees the arrival of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and he's already stirring up trouble.

Even though Chavez has pointedly 'snubbed' Blair you might still be in a chance with an audience as there's a public meeting organised by the GLA on Sunday at 3pm. We're not sure of the venue yet but if you want to get in you'll have to email anna.roberts@london.gov.uk or sandeep.sra@london.gov.uk to get on the list (assuming there are tickets left).

By the way, if you were planning to go to the Monday meeting at Friend's House, that's been cancelled.

And if you want to know what to expect:

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Last Updated 11 May 2006

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For me as Venezuelan it is a terrible shame to have such a person as president. I hope some of his followers from outside Venezuela would be able to understand what is really going on inside the country, and what kind of people are the ones in Chavez' government.

BooRadley

Is it a full time job hunting the internet to post anti-Chavez comments?

We've seen the Irish documentary, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." We've read BBC reporter Greg Palast's articles. We've got all sorts of credible news sources from the BBC, the CBC - pretty much everywhere but the US and Venezuela. We've seen hilarious clips on what passes for news on the commercial Venezuelan news channels, 4/5ths of which are owned by one guy. From watching those clips, one begins to suspect that Chavez's silly name-calling is a stylistic characteristic of Venezuelan politics as the comments about Chavez on the Venezuelan news are equally hilarious. I don't think Chavez's name-calling helps - few on the planet have anything but contempt for the Bush regime - but I let it slide.

I'm quite happy to giggle at the "Mr. Donkey" comments from a leader representing the 80% of the Venezuelan population who live in poverty in a potentially very rich country; from a man who was democratically elected by a majority that most leaders would envy; from a leader who survived a US-backed coup attempt by a tiny wealthy minority, apparently because enough poor people simply wouldn't accept an end to democracy.

Perhaps, as the gap between the rich and poor in the UK continues to widen, we too will have a leader like Chavez to vote for - and an obscenely rich minority which controls the national media to try to prevent it.