Venezuelans Divided Over Who Owns The Land

Venezuela's supreme court ruled last month that one major government-sponsored land invasion was illegal.
December 15, 2003, 11am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"To understand the emotional land- reform issue is to understand Venezuela's political crisis. On one side, the poor rejoice at the chance to own their own piece of workable earth, 97 percent of which is controlled by just 10 percent of the rural population, according to the government. On the other side are those who say such land grabs are just one more example of Mr. Chávez's complete disregard for the rule of law in his race to become the hemisphere's next Fidel Castro, iron-fisted ruler of communist Cuba. In this charged political environment, the country's National Electoral Council must now determine if a referendum on Chávez's presidency should go forward."

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Published on Friday, October 14, 2005 in The Christian Science Monitor
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