Chavez Cronies Hit Vatican HQ With Tear Gas

Supporters also attack opponents of lifting term limits for leader
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 3:56 AM CST
A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez chants slogans at student protesters in Caracas yesterday.   (AP Photo/Howard Yanes)
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(Newser) – Supporters of Hugo Chavez have claimed responsibility for a tear gas attack on the Vatican's headquarters in Caracas, reports CNN. Three canisters landed deep inside the building, which has been sheltering an anti-Chavez student leader wanted by police since June. Several people were overcome by fumes. Gas attacks elsewhere in the city targeted students, and a media exec opposed to constitutional amendments that would allow Chavez to seek a third term.