Chavez: Bush a political 'cadaver'

Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president, has called George Bush, the US president, a "political cadaver" and blasted US policies as "imperialist" as he led 40,000 supporters in an anti-American rally.

Chavez: Bush a political 'cadaver'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has attacked US counterpart George W Bush as a "symbol of domination" as the pair continue rival Latin American tours.  Speaking at an "anti-imperialist rally" in Buenos Aires, Mr Chavez said Mr Bush was no more than a "political corpse".

 

Mr Bush arrived in the capital of neighbouring Uruguay, Montevideo, as Mr Chavez addressed the crowd of 40,000. It is as close as the two rivals will come, separated by just 65km (40 miles) across the River Plate.

 

"Gringo go home!"

 

Chavez shouted "Gringo go home!" on Friday night to raucous applause in a crowded football stadium in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

 

Alluding to Bush's waning years in office, Chavez said: "The US president today is a true political cadaver and now he does not even smell of sulphur anymore.

 

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"What the little gentleman from the North now exudes is the smell of political death and in a very short time he will be converted into cosmic dust and disappear from the stage."

 

Chavez added that he did not come to "sabotage" Bush's visit, saying the timing was a coincidence, even as Bush landed in neighbouring Uruguay for a 36-hour visit.

 

He said: "This act was organised to say 'No!' to the presence of the imperial boss in these heroic lands of our America, in the heroic lands of South America."

 

Bush-Chavez Face off for Latin America

 

As US President George W. Bush opens a diplomatic foray in Latin America on Friday, March 9, to counter his nemesis Hugo Chavez's sway, the leftist leader is offering a counterpoint to the US diplomatic offensive. "My trip is a chance to tell the people ... that the United States cares deeply about the human condition," Bush told RCN TV of Colombia, where he visits on Sunday, Reuters reported.

 

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Analysts believe Bush's trip is an attempt to counter Chavez's sway in Latin America

 

Bush arrived in Brazil late Thursday at the start of a five-leg tour in Latin America in an effort to improve his standing and overcome a sense of US neglect in the region. Analysts look at Bush's trip as an attempt to counter Chavez's sway in the continent.

 

Trying to blunt Chavez's challenge, the US President is trying to remake himself as a social reformer committed to alleviating poverty and inequality in the region."It's nothing more than to say we want to be your friends," Bush said.

 

Recent polls showed the US Administration was widely unpopular in Latin America, hurt by the Iraq war and its economic and trade policies.As Bush arrived in Brazil, his arch-foe Chavez started a two-day visit to Argentina to counter Bush's efforts to court Latin American countries.

 

The Venezuelan President will address a leftist rally in an Argentine soccer stadium across the River Plate from Montevideo when Bush is due to arrive there for a state visit late on Friday.Chavez, who called Bush the devil in a UN speech last year, will then fly to Bolivia to visit flood-ravaged areas on Saturday before Bush heads for Bogota.

Chavez and Cuba's Fidel Castro are America's archenemies in Latin America.

 

Crying out "down with imperialism," Chavez used his re-election speech in December to hit out at Bush.

The leftist leader had accused Washington during his campaign of seeking to sew discord in Venezuela, and denounced his electoral rival as a lackey of the "US empire."

 

Anti-Bush sentiment

 

In Argentina, many still blame Washington for tolerating the country's brutal military regimes of 1976-1983, when thousands of dissidents were tortured and killed.

Sao Paulo's military police on Thursday took
action against anti-Bush demonstrators [AFP]

 

The organisers of Chavez's rally included Mercedes Merono of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a group still searching for sons and daughters who vanished after being arrested under military rule.

 

Merono said: "This counter-rally is extremely important. Bush seeks to take advantage of Latin America while Chavez supports the region's independence."

 

Police put down violent protests in Colombia in advance of Bush's visit there, and in Guatemala, Mayan leaders announced that Indian priests will purify the sacred archaeological site of Iximche to eliminate "bad spirits" after Bush visits there on Monday.

 

Juan Tiney, a Guatemalan activist, said: "That a person like [Bush], with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offence for the Mayan people."

 

Bush wraps up his trip next week in Mexico, where a handful of protesters demonstrated on Friday outside the US embassy.

 

 

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