CARACAS, March 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez warned the United States on Sunday that oil exports would be frozen
if Washington continues to support anti-government protests.
Although the United States has denied Chavez's repeated accusation of trying to overthrow him, the Venezuelan
president has accused US President George W. Bush of financing opponents seeking
a recall referendum on his presidency.
In a weekly TV and radio show, Chavez said his
country "has enough allies on this continent to start a 100-year war."
He also accused Washington of ousting former Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and warned Bush not to try the same with
"US citizens could forget about ever getting
Venezuelan oil" ifthe United States ever tried to invade the South American
Venezuela, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, is a
leading supplier of oil to the US market, accounting for 15 percent of US oil
On Saturday, several hundred thousand Venezuelans
went to the streets in Caracas to protest against the National Electoral
Council's decision last week that an opposition petition for the recall vote
lacked enough valid signatures. The opposition said itcollected 3.4 million
signatures, but the electoral council said only 1.8 million signatures were
valid, short of the 2.4 million required for a poll.
During his five-hour speech, the president said he
regretted the deaths of at least eight people in recent street protests. On
Sunday he promised the government would investigate the deaths andinjuries in
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