CARACAS, Thursday January 08, 2009 | Update
Pro-Chávez group "La Piedrita" claimed responsibility for throwing a tear gas canister at the headquarters of Venezuelan opposition Copei party in Caracas. Secretary general of the Social Christian party Luis Carlos Solórzano rejected the attack and said he was confident that Venezuelans repudiate such actions.
"Our reaction is similar to the reaction of the most Venezuelans, who reject these vicious and cowardly activities. Venezuelan people say no to such actions, for sure. We want to live in peace. We want to have a government that addresses the problems of Venezuelans and does not talk so much nonsense," said Solórzano.
He said that such actions encourage the members of his party to struggle for democracy, rather than intimidating them.
Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas
10:07 AM. DIPLOMACY. Admired by the Colombian guerrilla after his coup attempt in 1992, the then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías received financial support by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for his projects after his capture that year. This mostly explains the relationship and "debt" between the parties, as revealed by a paper of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of the United Kingdom.