Latin America News: Where's Chavez?; Acapulco Violence; Chilean Dictator Pinochet Planned Violence

By: AP
By: AP
Chavez opponents demand answers about his cancer... Belgian man found shot to death in rising violence in Acapulco... Chilean dictator Pinochet planned violence to stay in power

An inflatable doll depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez sits in front of Venezuela's National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Chavez returned to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery, and was being treated at the Caracas' military hospital, his government said. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Hundreds of government opponents in Venezuela have held a demonstration demanding answers about President Hugo Chavez's condition while he remains out of sight in a hospital.
Chavez is undergoing treatment in a military hospital in Caracas more than 10 weeks after his latest cancer surgery.
Opposition leaders at Saturday's demonstration criticized secrecy surrounding Chavez's diagnosis and treatment. They say many Venezuelans want the government to tell the whole truth about the president's condition.
Chavez hasn't spoken publicly since before his Dec. 11 surgery, and during that time has been seen only in several photographs released by the government.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Friday night that he and other officials had a lengthy visit with the president at the hospital.

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in Mexico say a Belgian man has been found shot to death in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, near the site of the Mexican Open tennis tournament.
Saturday's killing was the second attack involving foreigners in Acapulco in less than three weeks. On Feb. 4, a band of masked gunmen invaded a beachfront home and raped six visiting Spanish women.
Police say the body of the Belgian was found at a supermarket parking lot in a Mercedes-Benz car with Mexico City license plates. Officials haven't released the victim's name but say he was 64.
The killing happened not far from the Princess Hotel, where federal police are guarding the tennis tournament.
Violence and crime have worsened in Acapulco in recent years, with drug gangs getting most of the blame.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Newly declassified U.S. documents indicate that Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet planned to use violence to annul the referendum that ended his brutal regime.
The formerly secret documents posted by the independent U.S. National Security Archive on Friday showed U.S. officials warning Chilean leaders against violence if Pinochet tried to use force to stay in power if people voted against eight more years of his rule.
They also show U.S. officials and agencies backed the anti-Pinochet campaign portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film "No," even though the U.S. government also had tried to undermine the socialist government Pinochet had overthrown.
The documents also portray Pinochet as furious after the vote results, saying he pleaded with his generals to let him use extraordinary powers to crush dissent.


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