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Thousands Protest Hugo Chavez’s “Reforms”

From the wire services:

Isn’t it refreshing to see students demonstrating for freedom for a change? Also note the conspicuous absence of Che Guevera t-shirts.

Interestingly enough, most of the photos are from the photographers of the Associated Press. Yet, as far as I can tell, the AP has yet to report on the demonstration.

Indeed, one has to go to the (admittedly biased) BBC to find any mention of this courageous event:

Venezuela protest turns violent

Thousands of students have clashed with police in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, during a protest against proposed constitutional changes.

Police fired tear gas at students angry at plans to let President Hugo Chavez stand for indefinite re-election as bottles and stones were thrown.

Mr Chavez would also be allowed to bypass legal controls on the executive during a state of emergency.

Parliament, composed of Chavez allies, is now debating the changes.

They will be subjected to a popular referendum later this year.

Students had chanted “Reform, no – democracy, yes” as they tried to reach parliament.

Scuffles began when they tried to push through police lines.

Student leader Stalin Gonzalez said at least five demonstrators had suffered minor injuries, the Associated Press reports.

“There is… a part of this country that rejects these reforms and we want to be heard,” Mr Gonzalez told a local television station.

Protesters complained that police had stopped their march from reaching the National Assembly while the authorities frequently allow Chavez supporters to stage street demonstrations without restrictions.

“It’s clear proof of political discrimination,” said Mr Gonzalez.

Among the students’ concerns about the erosion of civil liberties is the fear that the authorities will be allowed to detain citizens without charge during a state of emergency.

Mr Chavez has dismissed criticism of the constitutional changes saying they are needed to accelerate Venezuela’s transition to socialism.

Isn’t it amazing to see how far language can be perverted? To call this power grab a “reform” is positively Clinton-esque.

Student leader Stalin Gonzalez said at least five demonstrators had suffered minor injuries, the Associated Press reports.

I’m still looking for this alleged AP report.

But “Stalin” should be safe, with a name like that.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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