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Broadcasting date: 6-2-2006
Title : VENEZUELA, AN ANNOYING NEIGHBOUR
Subject : LATIN AMERICA

Hugo Chavez. His supporters worship him, the opposition in his country hates him. The USA have supported three attempts to overthrow him, amongst which a coup that failed at the very last minute. Lately, a right-wing broadcaster, who was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination at the last US presidential elections, called for his assassination by the CIA.

 

But who is the President of Venezuela and what does the man who is Fidel Castro’s closest friend, who hails socialism in the 21st century, calls George Bush "Mr. Danger", and is considered a new kind of Che Guevara in Latin America, truly believe in?

 

To answer these questions, Stelios Kouloglou met Chavez’s allies and opponents. Amongst them the president of Congress, but also the man who played a leading part in the violent clashes that took place in April 2002, and led to Chavez’s temporary removal from power.

 

In Caracas, but also in the rest of the country, the camera follows ordinary people and records the reforms pushed by the Venezuelan president, as well as the social measures that make him so popular among the poor.

 

The program features interviews with people in Washington and Venezuela who revealed the funding by the American government to the Venezuelan opposition, and interviews with those who accepted the money. The former leader of the armed Venezuelan rebels, who were inspired by Che Guevara, judges the president of the poor.

 

A rich, colorful documentary on a Venezuela where Chavez seems to be winning all the battles, despite the war against him, and is getting ready to be re-elected for six more years. Could an assassination prove to be the only solution for his adversaries?

 

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