Friday, 25 February 2011
VENEZUELA/LIBYA: CHAVEZ COMES OUT IN SUPPORT OF GHADDAFI
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has backed Muammar Gaddafi on Twitter:
Gaddafi is facing a civil war.
Long live Libya. Long live the independence of Libya.
Venezeuela's top diplomat has said the United States and other western countries are trying to create a movement inside Libya aimed at toppling Moammar Gadhafi, while the country's president, Hugo Chavez, has taken to Twitter in an apparent show of support for Moammar Gaddafi.
Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro did not condone or condemn Gaddafi's violent crackdown in Libya, but called for a peaceful solution to the turmoil and questioned the accuracy of western media reports from the country.
"They [the US and other countries] are creating conditions to justify an invasion of Libya," Maduro said.
"Libya is going through difficult times, which should not be measured with information from imperial news agencies," Maduro added, referring to western media.
In a Twitter message on Thursday, Chavez wrote: "Viva Libya and its independence! Gadhafi is facing a civil war."
It was the first time that Chavez has publicly referred to the violence in Libya.