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Thousands Protest Chavez TV Station Shut Down

From those lovers of freedom at Al Jazeera:

Rally backs anti-Chavez TV station

April 22, 2007

Venezuelans marched on Saturday amid heavy security in the opposition’s largest show of support yet for a television station in the crosshairs of Hugo Chavez, the president, whom they accuse of squeezing freedom of speech and democratic rights.

Thousands of people turned out for the protest against Chavez’s decision to remove Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, Venezuela’s oldest private TV station, from the airwaves, many waving Venezuelan flags and holding placards to show their support for the channel.

Hundreds of Chavez supporters in red caps and T-shirts mounted a rival gathering nearby backing the government’s decision not to renew the licence of RCTV, which they accuse of backing a 2002 coup that briefly ousted Chavez.

Chavez’s opponents charge that the former paratroop commander has decided not to renew RCTV’s broadcast licence when it expires on May 28 in an attempt to silence a fierce government critic and also as a warning to other media outlets.

Chavez and his supporters, however, say the measure is justified.

They accuse RCTV and the country’s opposition-aligned private media of supporting the 2002 coup against the Chavez by broadcasting cartoons and films instead of street protests which aided his return to power.

Hundreds of police, including some in riot gear, were deployed across the commercial centre of Caracas to prevent any potential clashes.

There were no reports of violence and the protesters reached their destination without confrontations.

Once again Hugo leads the way for Hillary.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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