Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the United States of using the devastating earthquake in Haiti as a pretext to occupy the Caribbean country.
During his weekly television show, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that the United States is using the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti on Tuesday as a way to occupy the country, according to Reuters. Chavez stated that the US should send medicine, doctors and fuel and not Marines armed with guns because “there is no shortage of guns there.” Currently, Chavez says, the US is “occupying Haiti undercover.”
However, Chavez said he isn’t undermining the humanitarian effort by the US but questioning the need for so many armed troops, “On top of that, you don't see them in the streets. Are they picking up bodies? ... Are they looking for the injured? You don't see them. I haven't seen them. Where are they?”
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the US is sending 10,000 troops by the end of the weekend, including 4,000 to 5,000 sailors, 3,000 soldiers and 2,000 marines. An American hospital ship will arrive in Haiti by the end of the week.
On Sunday, Haitian President said the need for US troops is to make sure there is order on the lawless streets of Haiti.
Nevertheless, Chavez stated that his country was the first to respond to the massive earthquake by sending several planes with doctors, aid and only some soldiers to Haiti. On Monday, a joint mission between Russia and Venezuela is set to leave the Latin American nation carrying aid on Russian planes.
Officials believe that more than 100,000 people are presumed to be dead, according to CNN.