• Short Summary

    COLONEL JAMES CHENAULT, DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE UNITED STATE'S MILITARY MISSION TO VENEZUELA, WAS RELEASED EARLY LAST THURSDAY (5TH DECEMBER), AFTER BEING HELD CAPTIVE FOR EIGHT DAYS BY THE VENEZUELAN ANTI-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION - THE NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY.

  • Description

    1.
    MV CHENAULT ENTERS CONFERENCE ROOM
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    2.
    MV CHENAULT SITS DOWN
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    3.
    CV NEWSMEN
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    4.
    MV CHENAULT ANSWERS QUESTIONS
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    5.
    LV CHENAULT ANSWERS QUESTIONS
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    6.
    MV CHENAULT'S WIFE
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    7.
    MV CHENAULT WITH CIGAR
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    8.
    GV NEWSMEN
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    9.
    NEWSMEN
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    10.
    CHENAULT
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    Background: COLONEL JAMES CHENAULT, DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE UNITED STATE'S MILITARY MISSION TO VENEZUELA, WAS RELEASED EARLY LAST THURSDAY (5TH DECEMBER), AFTER BEING HELD CAPTIVE FOR EIGHT DAYS BY THE VENEZUELAN ANTI-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION - THE NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY.

    AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, GIVEN AT THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY, THE 46 YEAR-OLD COLONEL WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE.HE TOLD HOW TWO ARMED MEN FORCED HIM INTO A CAR ON 28TH NOVEMBER, AND DROVE HIM TO A HIDE OUT IN THE CENTRE OF THE CITY.HE WAS COMPELLED TO STAY IN BED AND WAS KEPT UNDER CONSTANT GUARD.BEFORE HIS RELEASE, THE KIDNAPPERS BLACKED HIS HAIR, PUT TAPE OVER HIS EYES AND DROVE HIM TO A PLACE WHERE HE WAS ABLE TO GET A TAXI TO HIS HOME IN THE MILITARY MISSION.

    THE KIDNAPPING WAS PART OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY'S CAMPAIGN TO TERRORISE VENEZUELANS AND DISCOURAGE THEM FROM VOTING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON DECEMBER 1ST.DURING THE CAMPAIGN, MANY INNOCENT CITIZENS WERE SHOT DOWN, DURING GUN BATTLES BETWEEN THE EXTREMISTS, REPORTED TO BE PRO-CASTRO, AND THE POLICE.THE ORGANISATIONS ANNOUNCED THAT IT KIDNAPPED THE COLONEL AS A PROTEST AGAINST 'AID' GIVEN BY THE UNITED STATES TO THE GOVERNMENT.THE DAY BEFORE THE COLONEL'S RELEASE, THEY MACHINE-GUNNED THE HOME OF THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR, SIR DOUGLAS BUSK.

    (DR.RAUL LEONI, THE 58-YEAR-OLD DEMOCRATIC ACTION PARTY CANDIDATE, WHO REPRESENTED THE OUTGOING GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT BETANCOURT, WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT.HE SECURED A MILLION VOTES - 32 PER CENT OF THE VOTES CAST - AND A CLEAR VICTORY OVER HIS CLOSEST RIVAL, SENOR CALDERS, OF THE CHRISTIAN SOCIALIST PARTY, WHO ATTRACTED 22 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VOTE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3F7D6H9AV4S2C7E2M7Q1GH5MD
    Media URN:
    VLVA3F7D6H9AV4S2C7E2M7Q1GH5MD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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