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Citgo is Owned By
Venezuela Whose President Is Anti-U.S.-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: The message says that Venezuelan
Dictator Hugo Chavez has vowed to bring down the U.S. government, that
he has had antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and actor Harry Belafonte on
his television show, and that we should not buy products from Citgo gas
stations because it is owned by the Venezuelan government.
The Truth: This email is a copy of a
release from the American Family Association.
There are several issues in
this eRumor. We'll take them one at a time.
Chavez has a TV program in Venezuela. In one of his TV shows he
said "Enough of imperialist aggression; we must tell the world:
down with the U.S. empire. We have to bury imperialism this
century." It's not hard to interpret that as a vow against the
United States. Whether he meant that literally or meant that he
would like to see a political death to the United States is being
debated. In any case, Venezuela would not win a military
confrontation with the United States, but Chavez's disdain for the U.S.
It is also on one of his TV programs
that Chavez welcomed U.S. antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan who has been an
outspoken critic of President Bush. He had singer Harry Belefonte
as a guest as well, in January, 2006. Belefonte has also been a
vocal critic of the president.
Chavez has been president of Venezuela
since 1998. One of his first acts was to build relations with
Fidel Castro and Cuba and his leftist government has been in the
watchful eye of the U.S. ever since. In February, 2006, U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the Venezuelan government
posed "one of the biggest problems" in Latin America,
particularly because of its ties with Cuba. Chavez responded with
a threat to stop the flow of oil to the U.S., a threat he has made
before. Citgo is the American subsidiary of the state-run oil
company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA. He has also threatened to block
inbound flights to Venezuela from the U.S..
Boycotts of oil companies have been tried on numerous occasions and, so
far, without measurable results. Citgo is Venezuelan owned but the
majority of the people who would be impacted by a successful boycott are
Last updated 3/11/06
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Venezuela Dictator Vows To Bring Down U.S. Government.
Venezuela Dictator Hugo Chavez has vowed to bring down the U.S.
government. Chavez, president of Venezuela, told a TV audience:
"Enough of imperialist aggression; we must tell the world:
the U.S. empire. We have to bury imperialism this century."
The guest on his television program, beamed across Venezuela, was
Cindy Sheehan, the antiwar activist. Chavez recently had as his
guest Harry Belafonte, who called President Bush "the
terrorist in the world."
Chavez is pushing a socialist revolution and has a close alliance
with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Regardless of your feelings about the war in Iraq, the issue here
is that we have another socialist dictator in this hemisphere
to bring down the government of the U.S.
And he is using our money to help finance his goal!
Venezuela government is sole owner of CITGO gasoline company
The Venezuela government, run by dictator Hugo Chavez, is the sole
owner of CITGO gas company.
Based in Houston, Texas, CITGO is a refiner and marketer of
transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes,
asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV
America, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos
Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian
The Company’s common stock is not traded on any market. All of
Company’s common stock is held by PDV America. In December 2004,
CITGO declared $ 31,918,000,000 in sales revenue and made a $400
million dividend payment to PDV America.
Sales of products at CITGO stations send money back to Chavez to
help him in his vow to bring down our government.
…Why should U.S. citizens who love freedom help finance a
who has vowed to take down our government?
Please Take Action Now:
Refuse to shop at a CITGO station.
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