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US Ambassador Attacked By Pro-Chavez Criminals  
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2567 posts, RR: 31
Posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

A group of Pro-Chavez supporters and members of the local municipal goverment loyal to Chavez, attacked the US Ambassador's car with eggs, onions, tomatoes and verbal insults while he was fleeing (forced to leave by the attackers) a kids' baseball field in a low-income Caracas neighborhood where he was donating baseball equipment for the underpriveledge boys to practice.

In clear violation of the Vienna Convention, the local pro-Chavez police did nothing to prevent the attackers from chasing in motorcycles the US convoy for miles across Caracas's highways.

The kids's parents reject the violence and intolerance of the pro-chavez group that forced the Ambassador to flee. They can't understand why they would attack someone who is helping their children develop their baseball skills. The little leaguers are part of a kids' league in Venezuela where many famous Venezuelan Big Leaguers have played during their youth.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4890060.stm

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis

[Edited 2006-04-08 04:54:48]

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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4756 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Thread starter):
A group of Pro-Chavez supporters and members of the local municipal govertment loyal to Chavez,

I could understand this coming from pro-Chavez fanatics (but I would still condemn their actions). But members of the municipal government? How fucked up is that?!  no  Tsk tsk tsk...

Sad to see what this loco de remate is doing to your people.



What do I know, I'm just an 'immature troublemaker with only a passing interest in aviation' (or so they say)
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39659 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Thread starter):
attacked the US Ambassador's car with eggs, onions, tomatoes

Sounds delicious!
That's what I eat when I have hangovers.
All they're missing is some melted cheese, cilantro, olive oil and tabasco sauce.
That with a side of home fried potatos and I am in heavan.
YUM, YUM, YUM!  yes 



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4963 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Thread starter):
In clear violation of the Vienna Convention, the local pro-Chavez police did nothing to prevent the attackers from chasing in motorcycles the US convoy for miles across Caracas's highways.

Hola Luis!
This is to say the least outrageous! As much as someone can be against Bush and his policies, the police has an obligation to defend foreign diplomats, period. What would have happened if the same situation would have happened in DC? What would Chavez have said? He already calls Bush "Idiot", "Donkey" and other insults.
And besides, what would have happened if the ambassador would have been seriously injured, or even killed by the pro-Chavez attackers? Would'nt that be close to an act of war?

saludos  Smile



Carp aunque ganes o pierdas ...
User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3826 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

"...attacked the US Ambassador's car with eggs, onions, tomatoes"

"All they're missing is some melted cheese, cilantro, olive oil and tabasco sauce."



No meat? Was this a vegan protest?!?



Ain't I a stinker?
User currently offlineMrmeangenes From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

This just in :

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060409/...;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlYwM3MTY-

Chavez is offended that the Ambassador is offended !

That rascal is getting downright "salty" in his old age.



gene
User currently offlineMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 869 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

I would like to bring to discussion the fact that Venezuela's Diplomatic Security (similar to the secret service) which is entrusted with protecting Ambassador Brownfield has seen its work severely impeded by the Embassy.

In statements made by Minister Araque, the DISIP was expelled from the embassy less than a year ago and is unaware of the locations that the ambassador will be visiting, lest 5 minutes beforehand. The DISIP can secure locations for Ambassador Brownfield, like it has done in the past for him and other U.S. envoys if and only if they know where to secure his safety.

Apparently the groups that booed the Ambassador where members of the rival baseball team that did not win the rights to use the field and where discontent at that.

Ambassador Brownfield has gone numerous times before to 'dangerous' areas and this has never happened. Next time, the DISIP should be made aware of his plans in order to provide him the security he DESERVES.



"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen."
User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Take that you evil American. We'll teach you to donate sporting equipment!!![/sarcasm]

Quoting MIA (Reply 6):
Apparently the groups that booed the Ambassador where members of the rival baseball team that did not win the rights to use the field and where discontent at that.

Yeah... and the motorcycles and salad bar just happen to be standard venezuelan sporting equipment for baseball... and the whole chaseing the ambassador part instead of the baseball team... ...

Nice spin post, too bad I don't think anyone will buy it.


User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2567 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1605 times:

Quoting MIA (Reply 6):
In statements made by Minister Araque, the DISIP was expelled from the embassy less than a year ago

Of course man, they ain't stupid. Also I don't think the Venezuelan embassy gives an internal pass to CIA guys in DC. Those DISIPs can easily be from the Cuban G2.

Quoting MIA (Reply 6):
nd is unaware of the locations that the ambassador will be visiting, lest 5 minutes beforehand.

It's a bit more than 5min...

Quoting MIA (Reply 6):
The DISIP can secure locations for Ambassador Brownfield, like it has done in the past for him and other U.S. envoys if and only if they know where to secure his safety.

Exactly. This time there was a group of National Guard officers trying to calm down the protesters. They had vehicles, so I can't understand why they didn't escort the US convoy and avoid the chase by the motorizados.

Quoting MIA (Reply 6):
Apparently the groups that booed the Ambassador where members of the rival baseball team that did not win the rights to use the field and where discontent at that.

I saw on the news that they were members of the Alcad�a Mayor (City Mayor) staff which wanted to take over control of the field from the Alcad�a Libertador (municipal govt.). In the video you can clearly see the Alcaldia Mayor hat on the leader of the attackers.

Quoting MIA (Reply 6):
Ambassador Brownfield has gone numerous times before to 'dangerous' areas and this has never happened. Next time, the DISIP should be made aware of his plans in order to provide him the security he DESERVES.

Completely agree.

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


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