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Diego Arria denies the Venezuelan coup of 2002
Addressing a meeting at the British Parliament on 12th October, Arria said it was "not a coup... Chavez resigned". Diego Arria admitted that "the military forced him to resign" but again restated "legally it was not a coup".
Arria's comments are particularly surprising given that almost every government in the world recognised that a coup had taken place, including the governments of the US and the UK.
Around 130 people attended the event, including Venezuelan residents in the UK. However, despite the meeting taking place at a committee room of the British parliament, barely a handful of Parliamentarians attended.
The meeting was organised by the right wing Henry Jackson Society.
Source: Venezuela Solidarity Campaign