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Apr 29, 2004 | 19:14 GMT

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Venezuela: Armed Bolivarian Circles

Venezuela's Bolivarian Circles — the civilian militias that operate in thousands of poor neighborhoods and are fiercely loyal to President Hugo Chavez — are "armed to the teeth," according to Lina Ron, a longtime Chavez supporter who describes him as "the love of my heart." Chavez has repeatedly denied that the government finances Bolivarian Circles, and has also denied that the circles have weapons.

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