September 22, 2009 |
Venezuelan authorities began opening tombs to identify the remains of dozens of people killed during riots more than two decades ago and look for evidence against police and soldiers responsible for slayings. The 1989 riots were triggered by an increase in gasoline prices and public transportation fares. Venezuela's army was deployed as looting spread through the capital. At least 300 people died, according to the government of then-President Carlos Andres Perez. But human rights activists say hundreds more were killed -- many shot indiscriminately by security forces.
September 20, 1996 |
Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, impeached in 1993 and later convicted of corruption, completed his sentence of more than two years under house arrest and immediately began laying the groundwork for a political comeback. Perez, 73, whose four-year presidency was marked by two coup attempts and massive riots, maintained that the charge that he misappropriated $17 million in state funds was politically motivated.
August 14, 1990 |
Oil-producing countries could establish new pricing and production levels by the end of the week if agreements are reached at an emergency OPEC meeting, President Carlos Andres Perez said today. OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Venezuela plan to propose that production be increased if necessary to avoid a world oil shortage, Perez said at a press conference.
March 9, 1990 |
Leaders of Venezuela and Spain urged Vice President Dan Quayle today to press for rapid disbanding of the Contras, saying Nicaragua's Sandinista government should be trusted to give up power, U.S. officials said. Quayle stated the U.S. position that the Contras should disband, but that their security must be ensured first, said a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
January 24, 1989 |
Vice President Dan Quayle will visit Venezuela for the inauguration of its new president next month, with a stop in El Salvador on the way back, the White House said today. Quayle's trip, the first foreign journey for a senior official of the new Bush Administration, will be Feb. 1-3, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said. He will represent the United States at the swearing-in of Carlos Andres Perez on Feb. 2.