Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez thinks the American government may be behind his battle with cancer. President Chavez made his remarks during a year-end address to troops yesterday, one day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In recent years, several leftist Latin American leaders have been diagnosed with cancer including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo, and the former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. President Chavez was treated for a cancerous tumor in June.
“Would it be so strange that they’ve invented the technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?” Chavez asked. “It is very hard to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some leaders in Latin America. It’s at the very least strange, very strange.”
President Chavez began to suspect an American cancer plot after he received a warning from Fidel Castro.
“Fidel always told me, ‘Chavez take care. These people have developed technology. You are very careless. Take care what you eat, what they give you to eat … a little needle and they inject you with I don’t know what,’” he said.
President Chavez has held the Venezuelan presidency since 1999. In the decade and change since, he’s had a tense relationship with the United States. In 2002, he accused the U.S. government of being behind a coup that briefly ousted him from power. He regularly uses his public appearances to criticize and insult American leaders.
“I repeat: I am not accusing anyone. I am simply taking advantage of my freedom to reflect and air my opinions faced with some very strange and hard to explain goings-on,” President Chavez said yesterday. “I think they have to be preparing something … I’m afraid to go with our airplane to the United States.”