Chavez, Who Once Said “Comrade Obama Makes Castro Look Conservative”, Cracks Down On Pesky Protesters

Hollywood Hugo has his hands full lately as he continues to systematically eliminate any voices of dissent in the Venezualan media.  However, he has run into a little pushback.  From the AP:

Police fired tear gas to chase off thousands of students demonstrating in the capital Thursday, a fifth day of protests against President Hugo Chavez for pressuring cable and satellite TV providers to drop an opposition channel…

University students have taken to the streets daily since Sunday, after government pressure led cable TV services to drop Radio Caracas Television International, which has long been a critic of Chavez’s socialist policies…

Critics of the government say Chavez is responsible for domestic problems ranging from double-digit inflation to violent crime to rolling power blackouts.

The government says RCTV was removed for refusing to comply with a new rule requiring media outlets to televise mandatory programming, including Chavez’s speeches.

Chavez accused students of trying to stir up violence as a means of destabilizing his government.  “There are some attempting to set fire to the country,” Chavez said in a televised address Thursday.  “What are they seeking? Death.”

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