.- The vice president of the Venezuelan Bishopsâ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, criticized a proposal by President Hugo Chavez to create Soviet-like commune cities âwhen decent services havenât been provided to the cities that already exist in Venezuela for more than 500 yearsâ.
Speaking on Union Radio, Archbishop Luckert said Coro âseems like a war zone, with all the streets torn up. What will those poor communities that are part of the presidentâs illusory psychosis be like, when decent services havenât been provided to the cities that already exist in Venezuela for more than 500 years?â he asked.
Archbishop Luckert called the presidentâs proposal âfoolishâ and a product of his fondness for Marxism, Socialism and Fidel Castro. He also said â21st century Socialismâ is a concept âonly Chavez and those around himâ understand and are willing to swallow.
He went on to note that Chavez wants education in Venezuela to be subject to his ideology.
The Venezuelan people used to think that he would move the country forward, the archbishop said, âbut now people understand that this is not the case.â Now people realize that Chavez makes false promises that âend up as nothing,â he explained.
The archbishop warned Venezuelans to be alert against Chavezâs attempts to impose his reforms that were voted down during the referendum on December 2, 2007.