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Chavez asks military, backers to prepare for fight

world Updated: Nov 29, 2008 11:03 IST

President Hugo Chavez is asking the military and his supporters to prepare for a showdown with his newly elected political opponents, telling his backers that they must be "prepared to die for the revolution."

Chavez says opposition leaders who captured five gubernatorial posts and the Caracas mayor's office in elections last Sunday "want a confrontation" and are falling back on "the scenario of 2002," when he was deposed by a brief coup.

Speaking to red-clad supporters Friday, he said events including the alleged burning of a state-owned health clinic this week were meant to weaken his government.

Chavez called on Venezuela's military to "prepare to defend the revolution" and said "we won't show them mercy."