Collegiate Times article on Hugo Chávez by Adolfo R. Taylhardat
Below please find open letter to the Collegiate Times written by Ambassador Adolfo Taylhardat (www.adolfotaylhardat.net).
Maru AngaritaCollegiate Times article on Hugo Chávez by Adolfo R. Taylhardat
I refer to the article entittled "The U.S. needs to find out just who Hugo Chavez is" published in the Collegiate Times:
Whoever wrote the article on Hugo Chavez either has no idea of what is happening in Venezuela or simply is biased. It’s a well known fact that Chavez spends enormous sums of money to have articles published in foreign media to present a false picture of the real situation of my country.
To begin, there is a historical lie when the author of the article says that Chavez nationalized the oil industry. Venezuelan oil industry was nationalized in the 70's by President Carlos Andrés Pérez. What Chavez has being doing is precisely the opposite. He is de-nationalizing it by entering into arrangements with foreign companies which are harmful to the national interest.
The whole of the article depicts and absolutely false picture of the political, social and economic situation. Just to give your readers an idea of the kind of President Chavez is, only last Sunday he threatened to make legal changes so that he can remain in office indefinitely. Before he came to power the presidential term was five years and any president could not present himself for reelection for the following two terms. That is a president could not be reelected during ten years after the end of his mandate. Chavez changed that. He extended the term to 6 years with the possibility of reelection for one additional term. Now he pretends to govern until the year 2030. This he has proclaimed publicly. We have presidential elections next December and Chavez has illegally launched an untimely presidential campaign (the law prohibits any campaigning until 4 months before the date of the elections) and he is using all the public resources to support his candidature. He has at his disposal 2.6 billion Bolivars (mor2 than 1 million dollars to be extracted from the national treasure) for his campaign, he has instructed all the official of his government (ministers, governors, mayors, members of the parliament, magistrates of the Supreme Court, etc. etc, to campaign in his support. As in the past he will blackmail and threaten public officers to have them voting for him. He is also using all the government controlled media (radio, tv, press) as instruments of his campaign.
I ask the author of the article on Chavez, I ask you, Mr. Administrator of the Collegiate Times, I ask your readers: would the American people accept that? Would they accept that a presidential candidate behaves as Chavez is behaving in order to secure his electoral victory?
Chavez claims that he is the follower of the teachings and deeds of Simon Bolivar. Bolivar always opposed and rejected continuity of rulers. Chavez is doing the opposite.
When the Venezuelan electorate refused to participate in the legislative elections last December (I myself was a candidate for reelection as member of the Latin American Parliament and withdrew my candidature) we did so because the people do not trust the electoral system imposed by Chavez and much less we can trust the electoral authorities. Unless the electoral system is purified and the electoral authorities are changed and replaced with citizens that guaranty impartiality, transparency and cleanliness in the electoral process, it is most probable that again, next December, there will be a large abstention leaving Chavez with his scarce minority so that the world understand that the Venezuelan citizens reject his "bolivarian revolution", a carbon copy of the Cuban regime which he pretends to impose in our country against the will of the people.
Adolfo R. Taylhardat
Venezuela's Political Disaster - February 24, 2006
Venezuela's Political Disaster - February 20, 2006
Perhaps you may know by this time, that America Online published today article from Reuters "Chavez Warns Rice, 'Don't Mess With Me, Girl",
Venezuelan Leader Responds to U.S. 'Inoculation' Plan," and posted a discussion and voting poll. Below please find the AOL link to the article:
The discussion had several pages of messages from Chavez's supporters, from those who oppose him, and from others who just thought that Chavez is from Mexico. The voting poll had at least 180,000 entries.
It is of utmost importance that the general public learns what Chavez is doing in Venezuela, and who are the people who he supports and invites to Venezuela including recognized terrorists, and about. the circus of individuals who support him just because he hates President Bush. How Chavez is using money that belongs to Venezuelans to financially support other nations, specially those who hate the United States and his frequent whims. How he uses his domestic violence abuser attitude and poor taste when addressing women. The severe foreign exchange controls and limitation in freedom of speech he imposes to Venezuelans. His political prisoners. The frequent seizing of the broadcasting media and disinformation interviews, how he turned a developing nation into an under-developed environmental chaos, and about Chavez's deranged behavior which may be aggravated by drinking too much coffee or what ever else he may consume.
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Venezuela's Political Disaster - February 19, 2006
I received a press release from Ambassador Adolfo Taylhardat denouncing that Chavez paid US$1M for a Rio de Janeiro Carnival float with a statue of abused Liberator Simon Bolivar.
Laughing for a minute in disbelief, I related the insulting float to the infamous cartoon reaction in the Islamic world, then realized that Chavez's pathetic nouveau rich status and very bad taste could picture Bolivar partying big time with the Samba schools. Please know that there have always been enforceable dress codes to visit plazas and place of rest of Simon Bolivar. Is this Bolivar carnival float a deranged decision, depraved or just another infamous whim of Chavez using the Venezuelans' money? Please keep in mind that Chavez is still enforcing severe foreign exchange controls and limited freedom of speech against Venezuelans.
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http://www.ipanema.com/carnival/parade.htmNota de Prensa
El Embajador Adolfo Taylhardat denuncia uso de la imagen de Bolívar en el Carnaval de Río
El Embajador Adolfo Taylhardat, Ex Vice-Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores denuncia como una irreverencia a la memoria del Libertador y un insulto a todos los venezolanos la utilización de la imagen de Bolívar en el carnaval de Río.
Es un hecho que la carroza de la escuela de samba “Vila Isabel” colocará en su carroza una estatua del Libertador de 13 de metros de alto y eso sucederá con el patrocinio del Presidente Chávez quien a través de PDVSA ha donado la suma de un millón de dólares para ese fin.
Chávez debería tomar en cuenta lo que dice el Analista del Instituto Brasilero de Estudios Políticos, Luciano Díaz: “Ya otros gobernantes intentaron en el pasado meter mensajes políticos en los desfiles y las 'escolas' de samba y se convirtieron en objeto de burlas”
Hacer desfilar la figura de Simón Bolívar en medio de ese relajo desenfrenado que es el carnaval de Río, rodeado de mujeres y travestís semidesnudos y muchos prácticamente desnudos, es un verdadero insulto al culto bolivariano y expondrá al Libertador a ser objeto, por carambola, de las merecidas burlas que se le dirigirán a Chávez.
Paradójicamente esto ocurre con la bendición del Presidente de un gobierno que dice estar inspirado en el pensamiento bolivariano.
No tengo nada contra el carnaval de Río como tal, una fiesta estupenda en su género que ha alcanzado fama mundial y constituye un atractivo turístico adicional de esa bella ciudad que es Río de Janeiro.
Pero la utilización de la figura del Libertador Simón Bolívar en ese evento es una afrenta, un agravio, un insulto equiparable al de las caricaturas de Mahoma que han provocado la ira de los musulmanes en todo el mundo.
Los venezolanos, todos los ciudadanos de los países bolivarianos y todos los que en el resto del mundo respetan y veneran la memoria de Simón Bolívar deben alzar su voz y movilizarse para protestar contra este ultraje y para impedir que se materialice ese agravio.
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