Hugo Chavez & Pat Robertson agree on something
Chavez: Halloween part of U.S. culture of terror
Sunday, October 30, 2005 Posted: 1748 GMT (0148 HKT)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says Halloween runs
afoul of traditional values in his country.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez urged
Venezuelan parents not to dress their children in
costumes for Halloween, calling it a U.S. custom that
has no place in the South American country's cultural
Speaking during his weekly radio and television show
Sunday, Chavez called Halloween a "gringa," or North
"Families go and begin to disguise their children as
witches," Chavez said. "That is contrary to our ways."
Chavez said he was urging Venezuelans to reflect on
the subject. In recent years it has become common to
see Venezuelan parents holding parties for children
dressed as ghouls, animals and witches.
In one odd incident a week ago, authorities found more
than a dozen jack-o'-lanterns left in spots around
Caracas bearing anti-government messages and what
appeared to be bomb-like fuses. Police and
firefighters removed the pumpkins with caution, though
the jack-o'-lanterns reportedly bore messages saying
they were not explosives.
Paper skeletons bearing anti-Chavez messages also have
appeared in spots across Caracas recently, and
government officials have blamed sectors of the
opposition with aiming to create chaos.
Chavez did not refer to those incidents in his
comments on Halloween. But he urged parents to think
about whether it was appropriate to dress up their
children as part of a foreign custom, calling it "the
game of terror."
He said that is part of the U.S. culture --
"terrorism, putting fear into other nations, putting
fear into their own people."
Chavez, a tough-talking nationalist, is a fierce
critic of President Bush who blames Washington for
"imperialist" actions in countries from Iraq to Haiti.
Chavez says that he is leading a socialist
"revolution" to help the country's poor, and that it
should include emphasizing Venezuelan cultural
traditions over U.S. customs that have been adopted in
various countries and reinforced by images of American
life on television and in Hollywood movies.