Land reform a priority now for Chavez
- Why the CIA hate land reform
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>this month, has vowed to step up controversial agricultural reforms.
>Venezuela land reforms to push on
>Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, who survived a referendum earlier
>tax or seize unused land, Mr Chavez said during his weekly television
>The government plans to enforce a 2001 land law that allows it to either
>the majority of agricultural land.
>"We are going after the idle land and will put it to work," he said.
>The issue has provoked strong emotions in a country where a minority own
>economic programme that ignores property rights and will damage the
>Critics claim that Mr Chavez is trying to enforce a communist-style
>taking steps to right many decades of neglect.
>To his supporters, however, Mr Chavez is a champion of the poor who is
>them, we are not going to invade land," he explained.
>Mr Chavez tried to play down the threat he poses to the landed classes.
>"We are not the enemy of the rural estates, we are not going to burn
>the constitution and the land law." However, some workers,
>But, "in this stage of the revolution, I demand strict application of
>impatient for the government to intervene, have already seized land.unused land.
>The government will assess large estates and look at how best to utilise
>peasant cooperatives, which will get state aid to farm the land.
>The redistribution programme allows for some of it to be given over to
>million acres (1.5 million hectares) to rural workers in the early
>The government last year said that it planned to hand out as much as 3.7
stages of its programme, the Reuters news agency reported.
>in the past.
>Mr Chavez is not afraid to ruffle feathers and has clashed with the US
>mass opposition rallies.
>Earlier this month, he won a referendum on his rule that had
>threatened to bring the country, and its key oil output, to a halt.
>In 2002, he survived a coup attempt as well as months of strikes and
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>Story from BBC NEWS:
>Published: 2004/08/30 15:20:03 GMT
>© BBC MMIV
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