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Diplomatic relations on the rocks

Venezuelan Leader Threatens To Banish U.S. Ambassador
by Natalie Obiko Pearson, Associated Press
April 10, 2006

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the U.S. ambassador was "provoking the Venezuelan people" and threatened Sunday to expel him, two days after the diplomat's car was pelted with eggs and tomatoes and chased by protesters.

Chavez condemned the crowd of protesters for attacking U.S. Ambassador William A. Brownfield's car, saying the Venezuelan government "rejects any kind of aggression."

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