November 1, 2007

Chavez, the Venezuelan cruel dictator attacked his pacific dissidence again

Venezuelan troops used tear gas and war weapons Thursday to disperse demonstrators who turned out by the tens of thousands to protest constitutional reforms that would permit that unpopular President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely. Led by university students, demonstrators chanted, "Freedom! Freedom!" and warned that 69 amendments drafted by Venezuela's Chavista-dominated National Assembly –fraudulent elected- would violate civil liberties and derail democracy. Authorities broke up the protest outside the electoral agency's office.

There were no reports from authorities of arrests or deaths, but the local Globovision television channel showed footage of several students who suffered several injuries. The amendments would give the authoritarian government control over the Central Bank, create new types of cooperative property, allow authorities to detain citizens without charges during a state of emergency and extend presidential terms from six to seven years while allowing Chavez to run again in 2012. Opposition parties, human rights groups the Pope and representatives of the Roman Catholic Church fear civil liberties would be severely weakened under the constitutional changes. Hugo Chavez is the closest ally of Fidel Castro and Iran’s regime. Chavez is a communist dictator and there are intelligence reports that he is planning terrorist attacks against US interest.

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