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President Ch?vez condemns attack on synagogue

President Hugo Chávez categorically condemned an attack that took place on Friday night against the Jewish synagogue in the Maripérez neighborhood of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

During an event commemorating Ezequiel Zamora (a solider who fought for equality and for poor people during the Federal War, 1859-1863), President Hugo Chávez said: “we condemn the action in the Caracas Synagogue.  We condemn violence where it arises, and we will fight it wherever it arises.”

“My government is far from encouraging acts of violence,” he reiterated.

“We have to ask, as any police investigator must: Who benefits?  These violent acts do not benefit the government, they do not benefit the people, they do not benefit the revolution... They are trying to cast a shadow over an upcoming people’s victory that is already marked on the calendar, also in the month in February;” he said, referring to the referendum which will be held on February 15th.  “They are planning acts of violence.”

“We have to ask why, as soon as [a violent act]—the majority of which are manufactured in a laboratory—occurs, they immediately accuse the government,” said the President in referring to television stations, media outlets and spokespersons of the oligarchy, who accused the government without having proof.

The news made the headlines of the country’s major media outlets.  The private media was quick to accuse, without proof, government supporters for perpetrating the crime.

Nevertheless, President Chávez insisted that the government “will do anything within [its] power, under the framework of the Constitution and Law, to bring the causes of this act to light.”

Ministry of People’s Power for Communication and Information, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 2, 2009

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