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Old 05-27-2007, 11:55 PM   #1
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Our last piece of freedom of speech....

Hi, I´m talking to you in this moment, when here, in Venezuela Our President is closing a TV channel that makes strong critics to his Goverment.


Now we are living in a comunist country and I´m very afraid of what my Country will become



i´m writing in my 6 last minutes of freedom of speech, so pray for us





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Old 05-27-2007, 11:59 PM   #2
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Scary...

It's something we take for ganted here, and even here it slips away.

I can't even imagine it being worse.
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Chavez closes opposition TV station; thousands protest


CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) -- Venezuelan police on Sunday used water cannons and what appeared to be tear gas to break up thousands of demonstrators protesting the government's decision to close the country's most-watched television station.

The protest began in front of National Telecommunications Commission headquarters after members of the National Guard seized broadcast equipment, including antennas, the result of a Supreme Court order on Friday.

During the clash, two or three bullets were shot into a nearby traffic light, police said. Soon afterward, the director of the Metropolitan Police, Juan Francisco Romero, pointed to the light, and said on television that police were "not going to accept the situation."

It was not immediately clear who had fired the shots.

Police told The Associated Press that at least four officers were slightly injured after some of the protesters threw rocks and bottles.

After police stopped using the water cannons, the crowd regrouped, and video of the scene showed a peaceful mood, with people waving flags and chanting as night fell.

Inside the studios of Radio Caracas Television, employees cried and chanted
"Freedom!" on camera, AP reported.

"We are living an injustice," presenter Eyla Adrian said, according to AP. "I wish that tonight would never come."

President Hugo Chavez announced in January that the government would not renew the broadcast license for the station, long an outlet for opposition parties.

Chavez has accused the station of supporting the failed 2002 coup against him and violating broadcast laws.

He called the station's soap operas "pure poison" that promote capitalism, according to AP.

RCTV, which has been broadcasting for 53 years, is slated to be off the air at midnight. It will be replaced by a state-run station.

"To refuse to grant a new license for the most popular and oldest television channel in the country because the government disagrees with the editorial or political views of this channel, which are obviously critical to Chavez, is a case of censorship," said Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director of Human Rights Watch.

"We have arrived at totalitarianism," said Marcel Granier, president of Empresas 1BC, which owns RCTV.

"We will reorganize and continue working. One is beginning a fight -- not violent, but active, very active."

Granier accused Chavez of being "afraid of free thought, of opinion, of criticism."

The closing of the station will affect "more than 200 journalists, 3,000 workers and the entire Venezulean society," the station said in a statement posted on its Web site.

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution condemning the decision to shut down the station.

Journalists Flor Santamaria and Carlos Guillen contributed to this story.

Copyright 2007 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Caroni, I am so sorry what is going on in your country. We really do take our freedoms for granted here. I hope your country works things out so you have democracy.

That Chavez needs to go where the sun don't shine!!!

I'll pray for your country.
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Good luck, buddy.
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Old 05-28-2007, 10:23 PM   #7
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Thank you ,

I don´t know what will happen here, today there were several protest, mainly students but Chavez has demostrated that he is incapable of listen to his people


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Caroni,
I'm sorry to hear about this. I saw the story on the news here in the states tonight.
I will keep you and your homeland in my thoughts!
I know what it's like to live in a country ruled by a dictator where people were not totally free. ( I lived in Panama during the Torrejos/Noriega regimes. )
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Thank you ,

I don´t know what will happen here, today there were several protest, mainly students but Chavez has demostrated that he is incapable of listen to his people


He doesn't want to listen.
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Old 05-28-2007, 11:05 PM   #10
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Thank you for the support


I´m thinking in leaving my country and I really don´t want to
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I´m thinking in leaving my country and I really don´t want to
It was really hard for my families (father's and mother's side) to get up and leave everything they knew to be familiar, but in the end you have to ask yourself if it is worth fighting the good fight at home or living a free life, and securing your children's futures, abroad in exile.

Good luck again.
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I saw that report on the news here last night (on our multicultural channel which is mostly govt funded and not a commercial station, BTW) and the report stated that there remains still 2 non-government stations, is this true?

Also I don't know enough about the situation in Venezuala, is the main issue socialism, or communism or Chavez himself? And is the US's interest a kinda "we don't want another Cuba, so we'll interfere with democracy as we did in Chile" situation?
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And is the US's interest a kinda "we don't want another Cuba, so we'll interfere with democracy as we did in Chile" situation?
Salvador Allende was nothing like what Hugo Chavez is...
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