Chavez denounces West over Libya
VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez…has slammed Western powers for “destroying Tripoli with their bombs,” as rebels surged to seize control of the Libyan capital.
“Today we are seeing images of the democratic governments of Europe, along with the supposedly democratic government of the United States, destroying Tripoli with their bombs,” Chavez said on Sunday.
The bombs, Chavez said…were “falling on schools, hospitals, workplaces, farmland.
“Let’s pray to God for the Libyan people,” he said.
“Let’s pray to God for the Libyan people,” Chavez said during a televised speech.
Chavez condemned the latest NATO airstrikes in the country, as well as the roles of the United States and some European nations.
“Today they dropped I don’t know how many bombs, and they’re falling in a shameless and open way…on schools, hospitals, homes, work places, factories, farm fields at this very moment,” Chavez said.
“They’re practically demolishing Tripoli with their bombs.”
He said US and other powers had sought excuses to try to take over the country.
“It’s the excuse to intervene and seize a country and its riches,” Chavez said.
Chavez – Gaddafi’s main supporter in Latin America – has consistently denounced the months-long military operation in Libya claiming it is an oil grab by Western powers.
Australian Associated Press
August 22, 2011