On April 11, 2002, the world awoke to the news that democratically
elected President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela had been replaced
by a self-appointed interim government composed of business
executives & military officials. In the mass media, report after
report described the chaos in Caracas, where eleven people had
apparently been killed in "bloody street battles" between Chavez
supporters & the opposition. It was said that Chavez had ordered
the killings & had therefore been forced to resign. The Bush
Administration voiced its support for the coup. Even the "liberal"
New York Times celebrated. Film-makers Donnacha O'Briain &
Kim Bartley were inside Venezuela's presidential palace at the
time of the coup. They were also there at the denouement
some 48 hours later. Come watch the film they made.