Wednesday, August 22, 2007

There is something fishy about some of the aid to Peru

When the massive earthquake struck southern Peru last week, countries around the world leaped at the chance to help. And among them was Venezuela but the country's controversial leader, Hugo Chavez, is taking some heat for cans of tuna handed out in the disaster zone.

The cans feature Chavez's image along with failed Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala.

The labels, according to Peru's Expresso newspaper bear a broadside against the handling of the disaster by the government of Peruvian President Alan Garcia:

"The Peruvian government acts in an inefficient, slow and heartless manner, notwithstanding the pain of the victims, leaving them to the mercy of hunger, thirst and delinquency."

Both Venezuela and Humala's Nationalist Party have denied responsibility for the tuna but both are feeling the brunt of the backlash.

"One has to ask who is behind this," Garcia said. "This is not the moment to take advantage of the circumstances to make electoral propaganda."

Humala and Garcia faced off last year in the hotly contested race for the Peruvian presidency. Chavez openly supported Humala's candidacy, a point many cited in eventually casting their ballot for Garcia.

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