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Venezuela protests TV clampdown by Chavez

CARACAS- President Hugo Chavez's clampdown on opposition television stations widened Monday as police used rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators protesting what they called an attack on free speech.

Venezuela levied charges against US cable network CNN for linking Chavez to Al-Qaeda terror network headed by Osama bin Laden. The move came just hours after the shutting-down of the country's oldest television station, the openly anti-government Radio Caracas Television network.

The government also accused Venezuelan TV network Globovision of encouraging any would-be assassins of the president.

Information Minister William Lara showed at a news conference what he said was CNN footage of Chavez juxtaposed with images of an Al-Qaeda leader.

"CNN broadcast a lie which linked President Chavez to violence and murder," Lara said.

In addition, CNN aired a story about the Venezuelan protests using images taken from an unrelated story in Mexico, Lara said.

CNN issued a statement late Monday saying they "strongly deny" being "engaged in a campaign to discredit or attack Venezuela."

The news network acknowledged a video mix-up, and "aired a detailed correction and expressed regret for the involuntary error."

Regarding the Al-Qaeda leader, the network said that "unrelated news stories can be juxtaposed in a given program segment just as a newspaper page or a news web site may have unconnected stories adjacent to each other."

The Venezuelan government also filed charges against local network Globovision, alleging it indirectly encouraged Chavez's murder by airing footage of the 1981 assassination attempt on the late pope John Paul II.

"In my view, this television network, in this specific part of its programming, committed the offense of incitement to assassination, against the Venezuelan head of state," Lara said.

The charges came amid protests against Chavez's shutdown of RCTV, a privately-owned broadcaster of popular comedy and drama shows that was boldly critical of Chavez.

After 54 years on the air, RCTV went dark at midnight Sunday after the government refused to renew its license. It was promptly replaced by TVes, a state-backed station which began broadcasting cultural shows.

On Monday several people were injured as police in Caracas fired rubber bullets and tear gas to put down a demonstration against the RCTV shutdown, following the fifth straight day of protests.

A policeman's leg was broken in the fracas, a police official said.

RCTV was replaced by TVes, a state-backed "socialist" station which opened with cultural shows. Chavez supporters held a huge, night-to-dawn public party outside the network studios to celebrate the birth of the new "socialist television" and the end of the bitterly anti-Chavez media outlet.

TVes president Lil Rodriguez said the move reflected "our sovereignty."

The government will now control two of the four nationwide broadcasters in Venezuela, one of them state-owned VTV.

In an interview with VTV, Interior Minister Pedro Carreno accused the opposition of mounting a plot against the government, devised by "the empire," a term often used to describe the United States.

He also accused demonstrators of trying "to develop a plan for violence in the country," and added: "The government also has its plan. And it is working."

However, the RCTV closure brought sweeping denunciations from inside Venezuela and out.

One of the country's leading dailies, El Nacional, denounced it as "end of pluralism in Venezuela," and slammed the government's growing "information monopoly."

The archbishop of the city of Merida, Baltasar Porras Cardoso, compared Chavez to Hitler, Mussolini and Cuban leader Fidel Castro who is a close friend of the left-wing Venezuelan president.

"This is the first time in eight years (of Chavez as president) that the university students hold a massive protest," said Leopoldo Lopez, an opposition leader and neighborhood mayor.

The EU's German presidency said it worried Venezuela let the network's broadcast license expire "without holding an open competition" for a successor station.

The media rights group Reporters Without Borders said the move was "a serious violation of freedom of expression and a major setback to democracy and pluralism."

RCTV's former owner, Marcel Granier, said Chavez was driven by "a megalomaniacal desire to establish a totalitarian dictatorship" in an interview with US-based Univision television.

The US Senate last week unanimously approved a resolution condemning the move.

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So now it's our fault that Idiot pulled the plug his own tv stations. And our fault because they are rioting. Where is Harry Belefonte, and Danny Glover? Shouldnt they be over there in the middle of this yelling "It's all America's Fault"? Overthrow this piece of horse manure.



Blogger Douglas V. Gibbs said...

The drive for liberty in action - Hillary and Pelosi and all of the other socialists in Washington should take notice.
but they won't

May 30, 2007 9:45 PM  
Anonymous USpace said...

Very interesting, Communists are either deluded or outright thieves.
Chavez is truly a cockroach and an enemy of freedom...

absurd thought -
God of the Universe thinks
don't argue with critics

just steal their corporations
put poor people out of work

May 30, 2007 11:11 PM  
Blogger Uncle Pavian said...

Actually, douglas, Venezuela represents Hillary Clinton's Perfect World. What Hugo Chavez is doing there is what she will try to do here if she ever gets elected President.
Of course, like all socialists, she will fail ignominiously, but it will cause enormous problems and take years to straighten out. Just as if there had been a second or third Kennedy Administration.

May 31, 2007 7:00 AM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

megalomania is an understatement Marie!!!

May 31, 2007 8:23 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

Well wait, I thought Bush was Hitler and was no good walking or carrying a stick. Now their telling me Chavez the communist dictator of Venuzuela is Hitler. Dang I wish they'd make up their minds.

What person with an ounce of brains doidn't know this was going to happen. Let's see what that phony baloney Danny Glover has to say now. Probably nothing, he'll be laying low for awhile now that his bud down Venuzuela way is cracking the whip. It's always the same story with the names changed.

May 31, 2007 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Green said...

Hugo Chavez is a major a-hole! But that's just my opinion.

Same as it ever was. Dictators are all alike.


Joanne a/k/a Mrs. Green

Hi Marie!

How are you? Hope you're well.

May 31, 2007 5:35 PM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Did you hear about Al Bore on the morning talk shows refering to Chavez shutting down the station and comparing it to the Fairness Doctrine ?

These liberal wheenies make it abundantly clear of their true beliefs when they open their mouth if one would but listen!

June 01, 2007 8:07 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Did you hear about Al Bore on the morning talk shows refering to Chavez shutting down the station and comparing it to the Fairness Doctrine ?

What was he saying Ken? Because it's the liberal left that wants to impose the fairness doctrine, putting into effect the same government control that Chavez is imposing.

June 01, 2007 10:40 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Wordsmith, that is exactly what he was talking about. Using the Chavez move as an example of what needs to take place in this country to, "return fairness, " to the airways.

While Gore was saying it the Dems in Congress already have the bills in place to do it.

They are either waiting for the results of the 08 election to pass the doctrine or for their attacks aginast Bush to weaken him enough to prevent a VETO override.

June 01, 2007 12:24 PM  
Blogger RJay said...

The liberals would like nothing better than to silence conservative talk radio.
"The Fairness Doctrine."
They should have no problems with fairness. Airhead America is making a comeback.
Hilrya Rodhamovich Clintonov’s economic plan

June 01, 2007 10:06 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

"Al Bore" that's MY line Ken!

No matter.

But good point. Chavez shuts down the ONLY opposition television station in Venezuela just as liberals want to shut down Fox News, the only half way conservative news broadcaster in the U.S.

Oh, and as for Chavez supporting terrorism? One of the JFK plotters was arrested while trying to fly to Venezuela on his way to Iran, with whom Chavez is also chummy.

Sounds like there's quite a connection there.

June 02, 2007 9:48 PM  
Blogger Uncle Pavian said...

Ever since the connection with our pals, the Saudis, came to light, I've been referring to him as Turki al-Gore.
But I'm not going to pile on a sick man, and as we know, Dutch Elm disease is usually fatal.

June 02, 2007 10:05 PM  
Blogger Pedro Morgado said...

Here, the Chavéz TV.

June 03, 2007 11:14 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

If it wasn't such a serious situation Pedro, that would be a funny cartoon. It was only a matter of time before Chavez put the boot down. Castro and every other dictator have done the same thing and seems that the left in America never learns that lesson.

June 03, 2007 2:32 PM  
Blogger Uncle Pavian said...

Castro and every other dictator have done the same thing and seems that the left in America never learns that lesson.
Not so, J_G. They have learned the lesson, and they like it. That's why they're pusing the Fairness Doctrine and McCain-Feingold. That's why they want to suppress any viewpoint other than their own. They know they can't compete in a fair fight, so they have to find some way of shutting up the opposition. That's why the Seven Dwarves (or however many Democratic candidates there are this week) won't appear on Fox News.
If you were to ask me, I'd have to say that's pretty unpatriotic of them.

June 03, 2007 4:39 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I pray to God they overthrow Chavez, Marie! He's dispicable and extremely dangerous.

As for "Al Bore"... Nevermind. I can't type that. :(

Now he's trying to say he doesn't have an aptitude for politics. I smell a rotten fish somewhere. He's never been honest before. Why should he start now?

June 04, 2007 8:35 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

He loses the Military he loses the Country.

It's time for the Military to take a stand and not throw in with this socialist crap he's trying to hand these people.

It's time for Hugo to go!

June 04, 2007 2:46 PM  

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