Thursday, March 7, 2013

'Neo-liberalism a lie a thousand times over' - tribute to Chávez

"WE ARE all Chávez" ... those were the chants from his supporters following the death of Venezuela's president. Losing his two-year battle with cancer, Hugo Chávez died on Tuesday at the age of 58 and Venezuela has declared seven days of mourning.

Always a controversial figure, reports Al Jazeera, Chávez rose from the ranks of the military to become the leader of one of Latin America's largest economies. And he divided opinion throughout his presidency.
But loved or loathed, Chávez always made an impression. One of the most colourful figures on the world stage, he styled himself as a leader of global anti-imperialism which was reflected in his international allies.
In 2002, Venezuela was supposed to be the first post-911 CIA coup. It worked - until it didn't.

A documentary film crew from Ireland's national broadcaster RTÉ "accidentally" captured the whole story - a story that the US news media conveniently forgets as it reflects on Chávez.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: A case study of politics and the media charts the attempt to overthrow him in April 2002 and provides an eyewitness account of his extraordinary return to power some 48 hours later. This electrifying documentary not only sheds light on contemporary politics in Latin America but also focuses on important issues in documentary filmmaking.  2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that they say contradict explanations given by Chávez's opposition, the private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

The documentary says that the coup was the result of a conspiracy between various old guard and anti-Chávez factions within Venezuela and the United States.

This is an anti-globalisation documentary and the anti-free trade rort and how Chávez fought, lost, then won the right to free Venezuela from these ideologies, while extricating the country from US  control and bondage.

"Here in Venezuela, and in the rest of Latin America," Chávez says in the opening rally scenes in the film, "we are being taken over by the savage project of neo-liberalism ... a lie a thousand times over." Chávez pledged to defend Venezuela forever from the lie.

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