President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela speaking before the United Nations General Assembly. He appeared on the CNN television network on September 24, 2009., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
AUGUST 21, 2011, 8:47 P.M. ET.
Chavez Denounces West Over Libya
CARACAS (AFP)--Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a staunch ally of embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, slammed Western powers Sunday for "destroying Tripoli with their bombs," as rebels surged to seize control of the Libyan capital.
"Today we are seeing images of the democratic governments of Europe, along with the supposedly democratic government of the United States destroying Tripoli with their bombs," Chavez said.
Television news footage aired out of Libya showed rebels forces pushing towards Libya Sunday and late into the night capturing keys areas of the capital, including the symbolic Green Square, but not of bombing related to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization campaign that backed the anti-Gadhafi alliance.
Last week Chavez along with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, both arch U.S. foes, jointly denounced the West's "imperialist aggression" in Libya.
Chavez--Gadhafi's main supporter in Latin America--has consistently denounced the months-long military operation in Libya claiming it is an oil grab by Western powers.