Chavez Foes Vow Protest Will Continue

From Times Wire Reports

Foes of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, fighting to sustain a monthlong strike that has choked vital oil exports, said they would carry their protest campaign into the new year, including a possible march on the presidential palace.

The strike, now in its fifth week, has throttled oil output by the world's No. 5 oil exporter, pushing world prices near two-year highs. Venezuela supplies more than 13% of U.S. oil imports.

The shutdown has so far failed in its aim of forcing the leftist president to call elections.

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