Venezuelans march against closure of TV station


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May 23, 2007
CARACAS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Venezuelan protesters marched on Saturday to the Caracas headquarters of an anti-government television station, which is being forced off the air after President Hugo Chavez's administration refused to renew its broadcasting license.

Waving flags with the logo of RCTV, demonstrators packed the streets of the capital where news anchors and soap opera stars slammed the imminent closure of the opposition channel.

"What is happening here is simply the silencing of a television station," shouted soap opera actress Gledys Ibarra.

The government is not renewing RCTV's license after 53 years on the air because of accusations that the broadcaster participated in a bungled 2002 coup against Chavez, incited violent demonstrations and aired immoral programming.

On Friday Venezuela's top court ordered the military to seize control of some of the TV station's installations and equipment in a show of force that included mobilization of anti-riot vehicles to prevent protests from turning violent.

Critics condemned the closure for silencing an influential opposition voice and called the move evidence that Chavez's self-styled socialist revolution is concentrating power and muzzling the opposition.
Here in Mexico, two families are the owners of the TV Media, and nobody says o do anything about it Fortunately we are a free world democracy....:D:D:D:p
Well, I guess it's not surprising. Is it a shock to anyone else??
Chavez is a Napoleonic nut flake! I'm inclined to agree with USMC the Almighty. This is part of the natural progression of a dictator who intends to strengthen his dictatorship. BFD!

After what he said in the UN building of my country, I just can't take the idiot seriously....sorry.