Chávez Seeks Tighter Grip on Military

They say prison life can be lonely, but not for Raúl Isaías Baduel, Venezuela’s former army chief and once one of President Hugo Chávez’s confidants, who was detained last month.
They say prison life can be lonely, but not for Raúl Isaías Baduel, Venezuela’s former army chief and once one of President Hugo Chávez’s confidants, who was detained last month. Among his cellmates in the Ramo Verde military prison here are a former admiral, Carlos Millán, and Wilfredo Barroso, a onetime general arrested along with Mr. Millán on charges of conspiring to oust Mr. Chávez. Since February, Mr. Chávez has moved against a wide range of domestic critics, and his efforts in recent weeks to strengthen his grip on the armed forces have led to high-profile arrests and a wave of reassignments. These are seen here as part of a larger effort by Mr. Chávez to cement loyalty in the military, where some officers are growing resentful at what they see as his micromanagement and politicizing of a proud and relatively independent institution.
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His hybrid car insurance protestations are charlotte car insurance california automobile liability insurance echoed by his fellow inmates at insurance vehicle act the Ramo Verde prison, in this city on the berkshire disability insurance outskirts of student insurance Caracas. “The plot is a concoction, an amateurish fable,” said Mr. Millan, the disability insurance leads former admiral. He questioned connecticut dental insurance why he and metropolitan dental insurance Mr. Barroso were still detained when no proof of the supposed conspiracy young drivers cheap car insurance had surfaced beyond crackling taped phone conversations played on state television that were attributed to him and others. Mr. Millan, who was detained in September, and Mr. Baduel said they had been denied their due-process rights in a “witch hunt” among former officers. 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There is resentment over a policy shift that auto insurance cheap rates speeds insurance murder promotions of pro-Chavez noncommissioned officers, over motorcycle ctp insurance a decline in bonus pay for soldiers as oil revenues fell and over Mr. Chavez’s order that soldiers use the hire car insurance australia Cuban-style pledge, “Fatherland, socialism or death,” according to active and retired officers. “On the one hand we have officers who believe in the military’s institutional independence, and on the other the Praetorians who prop study abroad health insurance up the life insurance search government,” said Hernan Castillo, a pet insurance policy cheap young driver car insurance political scientist at Simon Bolivar north carolina farm bureau insurance University in Caracas. Mr. Baduel is believed auto insurance in TX to wield influence among the non-Praetorians. Asked postoffice insurance about the possibility is title insurance necessary that such discontent could foster an armed commonwealth health insurance connector conspiracy against the government, as has happened at least three times in the past two pmi insurance calculator decades, Mr. Baduel demurred. “To subdue the enemy without older cat insurance fighting eco car insurance is the supreme excellence,” said Mr. Baduel, quoting from single premium life insurance Sun freedom insurance Tzu, the ancient Chinese military strategist. “I was trained for title insurance agency decades in private flood insurance the administration greyhound insurance of violence, auto canadian insurance but I personally think commercial auto insurance that violence online car insurance policy is not the answer to our dilemma.” Instead, Mr. Baduel suggests convening an assembly camp liability insurance to marine insurance terms rewrite business flood insurance Venezuela’s Constitution as a step toward reintroducing checks on Mr. Chavez’s power. Meanwhile, the armed forces seem increasingly weakened and divided as they new hampshire auto insurance come further under Mr. Chavez’s thumb. Notwithstanding the quiet deference to Mr. Baduel by insurance car groups uk his military jailers, he legal malpractice insurance american national property and casualty insurance says he has no old american insurance option but to wait. dental insurance billing He has a routine. He prays each morning. He car company insurance quote meditates after reading from “Tao Te Ching,” gastric bypass surgery insurance coverage Lao Tzu’s monarch insurance day spa insurance Chinese text. And bides second to die insurance his time. “I won’t leave green insurance this prison,” canada dental health insurance Mr. Baduel said, “until motorcycle insurance nj Chavez dental insurance plan provider auto insurance in Los Angeles leaves the presidency of Venezuela.”

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