President Chavez accuses USA of being coup promoter
Sunday, June 28, 2009
"The Yankee empire has a lot to do" with developments in Honduras, he told Venezuelan television.
Despite being elected in 2006 as a member of a conservative party, Zelaya has moved to the left since taking power, aligning himself with Chavez and Evo Morales, his Bolivian counterpart.
Chavez demanded a clear distancing by Washington from the developments in Tegucigalpa.
"I call on the president of the United States to issue a statement as we have, rejecting this affront, which not only goes against Honduras but against all the peoples of Latin America," he said.
"It's like so many coups that have taken place in Latin America over the past 100 years, against the wishes of the people and against a president who merely is trying to hold a popular vote."
Leaders across the Americas have condemned Honduras's military after it forced Manuel Zelaya, the president, to seek exile in Costa Rica.
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, called the events of Sunday an "affront" and said that he saw the hand of the US in the apparent coup.
" Déja vu" 11 September 1973...