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Chavez: Fox a "puppy dog" of US
Nov 10, 2005

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday branded Mexican President Vicente Fox the "puppy dog" of US imperialism for backing Washington's trade policies at the recent Summit of the Americas in Argentina.
"It makes one sad to see the sell-out of President Fox, really it makes one sad," said the Venezuelan leader, who has become one of Washington's fiercest critics in the region.
"How sad that the president of a people like the people of Mexico lets himself become the puppy dog of the empire," he told an audience of middle-class supporters and businessmen.
Chavez, an ally of Cuba's Fidel Castro, promised to use the summit to "bury" the free trade deal he portrays as an example of the "evils of capitalism".

He presents his self-described socialist revolution for the poor as the alternative.
The Mexican government responded swiftly to Chavez's remarks, demanding an explanation from Venezuela's envoy.
"The Venezuelan ambassador Vladimir Villegas Poljak has been summoned to present an explanation in this case," Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement.
The Americas summit, hit by violent anti-globalization protests, ended in stalemate with countries including Argentina and Brazil blocking efforts by President George W Bush to reach a deal on a hemisphere-wide free trade zone.
Fox, a conservative who has been close to Washington on trade issues, accused Argentina's left-leaning President Nestor Kirchner of pandering to opinion polls instead of pushing a free trade accord backed by US officials at the summit.
The Mexican leader also took a slap at Chavez's left-wing ideology.
Kirchner told Fox to mind his business. But the two governments say they have now put the spat behind them.
Venezuela is the world's number five oil exporter and a key crude supplier to the US market.

But ties between Caracas and Washington have frayed since Chavez came to office in 1998 and strengthened relations with anti-US states like Cuba.
US officials accuse Chavez of autocratic rule and say he has become a negative influence who uses his country's oil wealth to fund subversive groups in an attempt to destabilize democratic governments in the region.
The diplomatic spats underscore regional divisions over the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

Many Latin American governments fear a deal will unfairly benefit the United States and the accord has become the focus of anti-US protests.******


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