Chavez Orders Navy to Main Ports

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez recently ordered the navy to occupy the country’s top ports, including Maracibo and Puerto Cabello. The reason? Those ports are ruled by governors from opposition parties, who have protested Chavez’ recent decree transferring all ports, airports and other transportation hubs from state to federal authority. Chavez claims the move was necessary to consolidate control of transportation for security reasons, but the opposition has claimed that it is one more step towards dictatorship and total control. If you’re visiting the Venezuelan coast, the presence of warships is unlikely to erupt into a shooting war, but tension might be high.

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