Former Minister Arrested

Sunday May 23, 2004 · Flavio Grassi

Venezuelan troops arrested a retired general who served as finance minister in President Hugo Chavez’s government until the 2002 coup. He is accused of being part of a plot to overthrow Chavez, which the opposition insist is the President’s own invention in an attempt to dodge the recall referendum.

Venezuela is just not a place where anyone reasonable would take sides right now. Just because Chavez is paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t really trying to get him.

Los Angeles Times