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U.S. Pulls Retired Venezuelan General's Visa

The Bush administration has yanked the U.S. visa of a retired Venezuelan army general, accusing him of scheming to overthrow President Hugo Chávez and citing U.S. antiterrorism legislation. The U.S. action affects retired Gen. Enrique Medina Gómez, who served as military attaché at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington until his dismissal from the post following a failed military coup against Chávez in April 2002. Chávez alleged that Medina had secretly supported the coup, but he was never officially accused. Medina denied the charge but late last year led a group of some 100 active-duty and retired military officers who set up camp in a Caracas square to demand Chávez’s ouster. The active-duty officers were later cashiered. The camp in the centrally located Plaza Altamira remains a center of activity for civilians and retired military officers who want Chávez, a leftist populist whose rule has seen once-stable Venezuela plunge into a nearly continuous crisis, to leave office. Full Story

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