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Chavez considers martial law Chavez supporters protest strikes Chavez gunmen hit officers Chavez supporters attend funerals Bankers set to join general strike Chavez brands strikers as 'terrorists' Chavez threat to broadcasting licenses Troops seize Caracas police weapons   One wounded in clashes  One person was shot in clashes between rival protesters and police as Chavez condemned leaders of strike as 'terrorists' Opposition threatens 24/7 protests  Opponents of President threatened round-the-clock protests if the Supreme Court rules against a referendum   Troops take over Coca-Cola plant  Court ruled that Chavez's government can take over facilities necessary to keep basic goods despite strike   Chavez says government may quit talks  President said his government was considering withdrawing from negotiations with opposition leaders Chavez names two generals to key posts  Embattled President appointed two retired generals as an opposition-led oil industry strike entered its eighth week Chavez threatens to leave peace talks  President accused strike leaders of 'generating chaos, denying the country water and food' to provoke a coup One killed, dozens wounded in clashes  Jimmy Carter tried to salvage peace talks between President Chavez and his foes Chavez supporters mass in Caracas  Tens of thousands of people converged on the capital to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the end of the last dictatorship Chavez opposition plans rally  Opposition groups announced plans to hold their own demonstration over the weekend Opposition starts 24-hour protest  Tens of thousands of opponents of Chavez gathered on a highway to protest a court decision suspending a referendum Opposition leaders agree to ease strike  Leaders of a strike would ease the work stoppage next week to protect businesses against bankruptcy Currency rate fixed  Chavez suspended the sale of dollars for two weeks because of a crippling general strike Chavez threatens to jail strikers  President threatened to jail thousands of oil workers fired for leading a 2-month strike against him Strike leader arrested  Carlos Fernandez was snatched out by secret police and faces charges of treason and instigating violence Chavez calls for labor leader's arrest  Police searched for the leader of largest labor group after Chavez authorized his arrest on treason charges Blasts damage diplomatic buildings
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  Two die in street clashes
Talks resume over crippling strike   Troops break up street clashes amid strike Map of Caracas Venezuela

January 2003 ... more > Top ^
  At least one person was shot when foes and supporters of President Chavez clashed in Caracas
  Police, national guard troops and army soldiers fired tear gas to try to contain the violence

February 2003 ... more > Top ^
  Near-simultaneous explosions badly damaged the Spanish Embassy and the Colombian consulate

March 2003 ... more > Top ^
Mar.14   Venezuelan strike boss granted asylum
  Carlos Ortega, was sought by authorities for leading a crippling strike against President Chavez

April 2003 ... more > Top ^
Apr.12   Blast rips building
  An explosion ripped through an office that contains the headquarters for negotiations between the government and opposition

November 2003 ... more > Top ^
Nov.29   Venezuela closes Colombia border
  The move is designed to stop voters from crossing into Venezuela to sign a petition on Chavez's rule

December 2003 ... more > Top ^
Dec.2   Anti-Chavez drive claims success
  Opposition said they had collected 3.6 million signatures, enough to trigger a constitutional referendum on Chavez rule Dec.20     4 soldiers die in border ambush
  Colombian gunmen ambushed and shot dead Venezuelan National Guard troops near the two nations' border

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B. 01-02 Talks resume over crippling strike Venezuela
2. 01-03 Troops break up street clashes amid strike Caracas, Venezuela
01-03 Two die in street clashes Venezuela
E. 01-04 Chavez considers martial law Venezuela
5. 01-04 Chavez supporters protest strikes Caracas, Venezuela
G. 01-05 Chavez gunmen hit officers Venezuela
H. 01-05 Chavez supporters attend funerals Venezuela
8. 01-06 Bankers set to join general strike Venezuela
J. 01-11 Chavez brands strikers as 'terrorists' Venezuela

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