Hugo Chavez just grabbed some more land.
According to El Universal, the Venezuelan president just took over 34,595 acres of land in central Venezuela.
He threw in some pig farms, too, for agrotourism, the government said.
“We have to seize lands from there to here, through all these valleys, to fight large estates,” Chavez said.
Chavez is known for his tendencies to nationalize private enterprises, ostensibly for the good of the state. It also appears to be a kind of game. He likes to appear on television, pointing at things and shouting, "Expropriate it!" to cheers from the audience.
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It's a populist move, of course, in a country that still has high levels of poverty. Chavez is an artful populist. When it was revealed the president had cancer and had shaved his head as he underwent chemotherapy, supporters turned out to see hi, their heads shorn in solidarity.
The president is also facing reelection in 2012. He's almost certain to win, but it can't hurt to garner a little more popular support with a fresh round of expropriations.