Recent reports indicate that President Hugo Chavez has been forced to resign by a group of military generals. This follows protests during which unknown parties fired on the crowds, killing 10-13. The troubles started when the management at the national oil company provoked a strike. Chavez has widespread support from the poor in Venezuela, and although he has been an ineffective leader, he at least represented the interests of the majority instead of the ruling elite. He was democratically elected, and now the military is taking over. People have been predicting that the US government and the CIA would go after him sooner or later, given his socialist rhetoric and defiance of US hegemony. Venezuela is the fourth largest producer of oil and the third largest supplier for the United States. It smells a bit like Chile in 1973.