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Old 05-27-2007, 10:55 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, 10:59 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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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, 09:23 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, 10:05 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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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?





In Venezuela we had four National TV stations, one belongs to the goverment, other always had been impartial, the other two (Venevisión and RCTV) always have made strong critics to Chavez.



The last weeks, Venevisión stoped critics and started to show goverment publicity (they sold out)


RCTV always kept the opposition "editorial line" and this is the reason why Chavez didn´t renew their license.




Therefore, opposition doesn´t have a national voice to organize and make denounces.


We still have Globovisión but this is a cable TV channel and not everyone can see it.




The issue is Chavez it self and his hipocresy when he says he wants socialism, but he really wants comunism, and that´s not a secret for anyone, exept the people that supports him and are blind enough to think he wants to be soicialist.




I think that Bush wont do anything at all, so be quiet, because , first, America is too busy with Irak and second, while Chavez sell oil to America, he wont be a problem and USA doesn´t need other problem that makes the oil more expensive.


BTW Chavez always makes chains for the most stupid things and he can spent 5 hours talking, now that we need him to talk, he just don´t.

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well, now he just made a chain, lest see what he will say







Edit to say: just more of his S*¨^@
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CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) -- The Venezuelan government has opened an investigation into news broadcasters for allegedly inciting the Venezuelan public to violence over the government's decision not to renew the broadcast license of an opposition television station.

In a news conference and a posting Monday on the government's Web site, the communications minister, Willian Lara, described two incidents he said crossed the line: Globovision's "Citizen" program on Sunday followed an interview with the outgoing director general of the opposition station, Radio Caracas Television, with video showing images of the attempted 1981 assassination of Pope John Paul II.

As the video played, Ruben Blades -- a singer/social commentator -- can be heard singing, "This doesn't end here."

"The television company, in that specific fragment of its programming, committed the crime of inciting to assassinate -- in the person of the chief of state of Venezuela," Lara said, referring to leftist President Hugo Chavez. "That was the objective."

The program aired on Globovision, now the sole opposition station. RCTV had the nation's widest audience, counting 10 million of 26 million Venezuelans as viewers of its programming, which included soap operas as well as news.

Globovision's director, Alberto Ravell, said he was unimpressed. "We are not going to change our editorial line that we are not afraid of the threats from this government," he told CNN.

CNN slammed, too

Lara also criticized U.S.-based CNN for broadcasting video showing anti-government demonstrations, followed by images from Acapulco, Mexico, that showed protests against the death of a Mexican journalist and for juxtaposing Chavez with footage showing the body of an alleged al Qaeda leader and protests in China.

"CNN lies to Venezuela," he said, adding that he worries that journalism is being used "to present political propaganda under the guise of news, in a systematic manner."

In a joint written statement, CNN en Espanol and CNN International said they "categorically deny" the accusations.

"The reality is that upon being made aware of the video mix-up, CNN en Espanol aired a detailed correction and expressed regret for the involuntary error," the statement said.

About the complaint that CNN International tried to link Chavez to al Qaeda and China protests, CNN International Executive Vice President Tony Maddox denied, in a letter to the Venezuelan government, "any intention of associating President Chavez with al Qaeda or the China story," the network said.

"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."

Chavez announced in January that the government would not renew RCTV's license. He accused the station of supporting the failed 2002 coup against him and violating broadcast laws.

RCTV, which had been broadcasting for 53 years, was replaced by a state-run station -- TVes -- on Monday.

Demonstrators take to streets

On Monday, thousands of students from four colleges took to the streets of Caracas to make their complaints public.

"I think that, in Venezuela while Chavez is still in here, I don't know, I think we can't do our work," said Monica Herrero, a journalism student.

Sunday night, police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds protesting the government's decision.

Eleven policemen were wounded, eight of them seriously, Attorney General Isaias Rodiguez said.

"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.

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

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution condemning the move. Chavez has had prickly relations with Washington, referring to President Bush as "the devil."

Venezuela is the fifth-biggest source of oil for the United States, which imports more than 1 million barrels per day from the socialist nation.

CNN's Harris Whitbeck contributed to this report.
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Yet, across the gulf of Mexico -- intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded FoxNews with envious eyes, and slowly and surely joined their plans against it.
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I work with a lot of people in Venezuela because we have a large affiliate there. Many of the professionals have already gotten their papers ready to move to Canada, where apparently there is already a very large exile community.

One thing they told me, which I'm not sure is true, but I'm really curious about; is it true that if you are under 18 you can no longer get a passport to leave the country? Is this true?
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