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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 10:53 AM
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118. More on the nasty piece of filth Perez against whom Chavez led the coup
From:
Buzz words and Venezuela

By Saul Landau

When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint; but when I asked why people are poor, they called me a communist.

--Brazilian Bishop Don Helder Camara
(snip)
..... On February 27, 1989, Perez increased the price of gasoline and the cost of public transportation. Following an IMF model to garner foreign investment, his austerity policies hit the poorest people hardest......
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When the police went on strike, the government lost control. Perez called for a state of emergency. The soldiers fired into crowds. By March 4, the government claimed that 257 lay dead. Some non-governmental sources estimated the death toll at over 2,000. Thousands were wounded.

Perez, who called himself a socialist, first imposed draconian measures on the poor and then had them shot when they objected. The Caracazo as the event became known, not only destroyed Venezuelas aura of stability but put an end to the political system that had replaced the ousted military dictator Perez Jimenez in 1958.
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.....The Caracazo destroyed the shady Perez, the prestige of the two major parties, and it opened the door to a more radical politics, outside the party structure.

The Caracazo also had a profound impact on sectors of the Armed Forces. Some younger officers who opposed the neo-liberal policies had joined the popular uprising when Perez ordered troops to open fire. Officers like Hugo Chavez saw the Caracazo as a learning experience. Four years later, in 1992, he led a military coup against another corrupt civilian government. It failed, but Chavez gained sympathy from fellow officers and the government felt pressured to release him in 1994 after he served a short prison sentence. Indeed, in the 2002 coup many officers remained loyal to Chavez and his populist policies and, to the surprise of the coup makers, restored him to power within two days.
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