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    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/10/30/chavez.halloween.ap/ Chavez: Halloween part of U.S. culture of terror Sunday, October 30, 2005 Posted: 1748
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      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
      traditions.

      Speaking during his weekly radio and television show
      Sunday, Chavez called Halloween a "gringa," or North
      American, custom.

      "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.
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