When Mr Chávez ordered the army to suppress the demonstration, his top generals refused. They rightly argued that the order was unconstitutional. When the television images showed the chavistas shedding blood, the president quickly found himself friendless. Though he did not sign a written resignation, he did agree to step down in return for safe passage to Cuba. But the generals failed to broker a constitutional transition. As they dithered, Mr Carmona stepped opportunistically into the power vacuum, staging “a coup within a popular uprising”. The army swiftly withdrew its support from the appalling Mr Carmona, making Mr Chávez’s return inevitable.Denna beskrivning står i bjärt kontrast till hur vänstern menar att det gick till. Ung Vänster skrev på sin hemsida:
Within days his government began “a multi-million dollar campaign to rewrite the history of the coup”. According to Mr Nelson, it destroyed evidence of the killings, blocked all attempts at police and judicial investigation, and swiftly shut down hearings by the chavista-controlled National Assembly. It offered money and benefits to those willing to say they or their relatives had been shot by the opposition, writes Mr Nelson, and harassed those who truthfully claimed the opposite. In this enterprise, Mr Chávez was abetted by foreign admirers, including the Irish makers of an award-winning documentary on the coup which, Mr Nelson finds, contains “many manipulations”.
Those who truly care about human rights may hope that one day Mr Chávez will face trial for his role in the bloodshed of April 11th. [min fetning]
Denna "fria" press spelade en avgörande roll i statskuppen mot Chavez 2002 när överklassen försökte revoltera och installera arbetsgivarmannen Pedro Carmona som president. Det hela stupade på att hundratusentals fattiga människor omringade presidentpalatset och krävde sin folkvalda president tillbaka.Chávez själv är inte främmande för kuppförsök om han själv är kuppmakaren – 1992 försökte han störta Venezuelas demokratiskt valda regering med delar av militären, men misslyckades.