Venezuela: Rafael Ramirez's Controversial Speech

Both Tomas Sancio and Miguel Octavio have links to a video (Octavio also links to an English translation) of Minister of Energy and Oil and President of PDVSA Rafael Ramirez saying that employees of the state-owned oil company that do not support Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution are free to quit. Luigino Bracci Roa says that the opposition-dominated media is purposefully misconstruing Ramirez's statement [ES] and Oil Wars believes the opposition is to blame for turning PDVSA into a political weapon. Daniel Duquenal, meanwhile, thinks that “watching how chavismo is trying to cover for the terrible Ramirez speech is perhaps even more degrading than the speech itself.”

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