So Much for Freedom of Speech, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Creates Furor and Riots in the streets


Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez, has little by little taken control of all private sectors during his reign of power. First it was the judiciary, the army and most recently the oil industry. However, his most recent efforts to control the media have caused riots in the street.  Hugo Chavez will be hard pressed to blame the recent riots by the Venezuelan people on the US and President George W. Bush. This one belongs all to Hugo.

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan troops have seized an anti-government television channel’s broadcast equipment, the station said on Sunday, ahead of a controversial midnight EDT/0400 GMT takeover by President Hugo Chavez that will take the broadcaster off the air.

Chavez sparked international criticism with his decision to not renew RCTV’s license and to replace Venezuela’s most-watched channel with a state-backed network that will promote the values of his self-styled socialist revolution.

 Watch the video of the riots below

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    11 Responses to “So Much for Freedom of Speech, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Creates Furor and Riots in the streets”

    1. nurturer on May 29th, 2007 7:25 am

      Hugo Chavez is a communist and Fidel Castro is his mentor. Where’s the surprise here? And Che Guevara would be Oh-So-Proud.

    2. Janet on May 29th, 2007 9:39 am

      Nelson Oduber and Hugo Chavez are in the same race … a race towards the goal of total restriction of freedom of expression. Chavez is in the lead but … unless Oduber is disqualified from the race … he will eventually reach the finish line. ARUBANS WAKE UP!

      FOX NEWS
      Monday, May 28, 2007,2933,275853,00.html

      April 4, 2007

    3. Janet on May 29th, 2007 10:03 am

      The video clip … reminiscent of Tiananment Square.

    4. simeon on May 29th, 2007 11:26 am

      People are not happy about this at all.Even his supporters are upset.RCTV will be back on June 1 on cable, but this still sucks.

    5. driving miss daisy on May 29th, 2007 12:03 pm

      So Cindy Shehan resigned as the Mother of War Protests on the same day Hugo enforced this ban on freedom of the press. That is interesting. I wonder if old Cindy neglected to pay her dues to Chavez or George Soros cut off her money since so much of it is now going to Hillary & Obama. Even Soros has his limits, I guess. Is the Kennedy kook still partying with and taking oil from Chavez. I am sure Robert & John would be so proud of one of their own aligning with what John died fighting.

    6. Richard on May 29th, 2007 5:11 pm

      Part of the problem is that Aruba will be making overtures to our congressmen saying how dedicated it is to resisting Chavez … and hinting that a little aid would go a long way … and the people in Washington are too stupid to realize that they, and we, are being screwed.

      They’re only too willing to sacrifice Natalee’s interests if Aruba will make a few politically correct remarks.

    7. Maggie on May 29th, 2007 7:04 pm

      I can’t imagine living in Venezuela.

    8. simeon on May 29th, 2007 7:59 pm

      I live here and its no Baghdad or anything.I go to the movies, beach, mall, and nobody bothers me.I have FoxNews on Direct TV.I can travel freely.Its not a dictatorship but these moves are not encouraging.I still would rather live in Aruba if I could afford it…..

    9. Warlock77 on May 30th, 2007 12:43 pm

      I can’t see the connection between RCTV’s case, Hugo Chavez and Natalee Holloway, Aruba. If we didn’t have freedom of speech, then Diario wouldn’t dare to publish the naked picture of a member of parliament, would it?

    10. Grace Martini on May 31st, 2007 6:57 pm

      Living in Venezuela isn’t bad at all. Sure there are many….many inconviniences and it’s very different from the US or Europe in terms of efficiency, but there is one can lead a normal life; go to the mall, restaurants, clubs, drive in the streets, etc.

    11. car id on July 4th, 2011 6:33 am

      Before moving to Venezuela, I wish I knew Spanish better! I still think in American syntax, VERY different!!! In spite of all political problems in Venezuela I like living there. As for me, its way better than in Wisconsin!!!!!
      SM: I hardly doubt its better than the Land of the Cheese Heads

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