Last week Venezuela said it had safely received its second load of gold from overseas. It would not give much detail, but the first cargo welcomed by flag-waving crowds last month was said to be18 tonnes worth some $300m (£192m).
Chavez argues his nation needs to protect its gold from the economic turmoil in the West.
“I have nothing against Europe. I am just telling the truth,” he said. “Who knows if a king or NATO comes and issues an insane decree-law? That gold is ours.”....read in full