Venezuela, 1954 -
Below: With Fidel Castro
shortly after being elected President of Venezuela.
Below: In an attempted military coup, Army General Efraín Vásquez announces that
Hugo Chávez has resigned as President and has been replaced by Pedro
Carmona, April 13, 2002.
Within hours, rebellions had broken out in the
military. Below, supporters of Hugo Chávez proclaim his return.
News around the world heralded Chávez' return the
Below, greeting members of the military, April 14,
Below, Hugo Chávez holds up the constitution of
Below, when Fidel Castro fell on the stage in 2004,
Hugo Chávez instructed his chauffeur to drive directly to the airport
where he boarded a plane for Havana and comforted Fidel in his
Below, Hugo Chávez declares that the United Nations
General Assembly Hall still "smells of Brimstone" after George Bush's
recent visit. He received a standing ovation and aclaim around the
world. September 20, 2006.
Below, the following day, Hugo Chávez visited fans in
the New York Bronx.
Below, visiting Fidel Castro in the hospital,
Below, with Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, 2007.
Below, with Presidential winner Daniel Ortega of
Below, with a recuperating Fidel Castro, March, 2007.
Below, at a recent millitary parade in Venezuela,
Below, during the millitary parade in February, 2007,
Hugo Chávez reminded Latin America that John Negroponte is considered
the "butcher of Latin America."
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After a long and frustrating series of negociations, Chávez and the
International Red Cross stationed on the border of Venezuela, managed to
receive the first two hostages from the FARC freedom fighters in
neighboring Columbia on January 10, 2008. They are, below left,
Consuelo González and Clara Rojas, to the right of Chávez. They
were aided by Columbian opposition senator Piedad Córdoba, in red on the
right. The FARC announced this would be the first of future
releases which could lead to peace in that country.
Then shortly after meeting with Condoleeza Rice who offered the "full
support" of the United States, Columbian President Álvaro Uribe ordered
his military to close in on the remaining hostages and threaten the FARC
with bombing. On January 18, below, Chávez offers support to
families of remaining hostages who to him they believe Uribe has no
interest in helping free the hostages.
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