July 3rd, 2009



i am having trouble seeing this as a legit coup. ignoring for the moment the kidnapping and exile, it played out more like he was attempting a coup himself and got rebuffed. after the legislature and supreme court both tell him he can't hold a referendum when he wants to, he basically thems them fuck off i'm doin it anyway, at which point the military steps in and says hey you've vastly overstepped your authority and you are fired. granted the military picking sides in a govt squabble is not a great situation, but it strikes me as more of a corrective action than a power grab. esp considering he's pals with chavez etc, not a group known for loving the law, for better or worse.
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