CARACAS, Thursday February 09, 2006 | Update
President Hugo Chávez Thursday claimed UK Prime Minister
Tony Blair attacked Venezuela in "a shameless manner, abiding
by the orders of Washington. He is nothing but a pawn of imperialism."
Holding a "last minute" report in his hand, Chávez commented: "He is kind of threatening us: 'It is most important for the Venezuelan government to understand that if it is to be respected by the global community, it should comply with the rules of the international community'," Chávez quoted Blair as saying.
"Go to hell, Mr. Blair! Do not be such a shameless, immoral people! You are one among those who have no moral grounds to make a call on anyone. You have disregarded the rights and sovereignty of the peoples by cementing an alliance with Mr. Danger (US President George W. Bush) to outrage the Iraqi people," Chávez replied.
According to Chávez, both Blair's call and Bush's request to Voice of America to "enhance" news broadcasts to Venezuela, "are part of the empire attacks" to prevent his re-election next December 3rd.
Such moves by Blair and Bush, Chávez added, are intended "to foster an European battle against us."
"An attack from London... Is this a coincidence? Not at all," Chávez stated. He insisted that "Mr. Tony" is "the main ally of Danger-Bush-Hitler, the worst genocidal person and murderer in the world."
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.