Buenos Aires Herald
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez joined 20,000 people in a soccer stadium in Argentina yesterday, capping a day of protests and taunts against US President George W. Bush and his tour of Latin America.
Chávez donned a bright red shirt symbolizing his brand of socialist revolution at an ‘‘anti-imperialist’’ rally in Buenos Aires, just as Bush landed in Uruguay.
Chávez, who has called Bush "the devil" and said that the US government wants to kill him, denied that he and President Néstor Kirchner may have timed Chávez’s visit to steal the thunder from Bush’s visit.
"We don’t need to sabotage his trip," Chávez said. "The little imperial gentleman from the north who was visiting Brazil and who must be across the river by now... is a political corpse. He exhales the smell of the politically dead, and he will soon be cosmic dust that will disappear from the stage."
The Argentine government has also denied that it may have timed Chávez’s visit to coincide with Bush’s visit to Uruguay.
Chávez has said Bush’s five-nation swing would fail to improve the US’s image and dismissed his pledges of US aid as a cynical attempt to ‘‘confuse’’ Latin Americans.
‘‘I believe the chief objective of the Bush trip is to try to scrub clean the face of the empire in Latin America. But it’s too late,’’ the Venezuelan leader said earlier in the day on Argentine state television.