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Hugo Chavez: U.S. Denied My Bodyguards Visas

Tuesday, 13 September 2005 12:00 AM

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Brian Penn, denied Chavez' claim, saying the embassy "has not denied any visas to members of the (Venezuelan) delegation going to New York for the U.N. meeting,"

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan leader also accused the U.S. authorities of allegedly changing "at the last minute" the location where his plane was supposed to land. He called the move "intervention" in Venezuela's affairs.

Chavez said the alleged visa denials were particularly disturbing given the recent suggestion by American religious broadcaster Pat Robertson that he should be killed.

Robertson said last month that the United States should "take him (Chavez) out" because the Venezuelan president, a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, poses a danger to the region. Robertson later apologized.

Chavez has repeatedly accused the U.S. government of backing a short-lived 2002 coup against him, and recently alleged that Washington was preparing an invasion on his South American nation - a key oil producer. U.S. officials have denied the claims as ridiculous.

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