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Venezuela's Chavez urges tear gas against protests

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 30 Oct 2007, 23:49
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Post 18 Jan 2009, 06:27
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CARACAS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered police on Saturday to use tear gas on anti-government protests that block roads, heating up a campaign for a referendum that could allow him to run for re-election.

Venezuelans will vote next month on a proposed change to the constitution that would allow Chavez, a foe of the United States, to seek re-election when his term ends in four years.

In 2007, voters rejected a package of political reforms that would have allowed him to run again for the top office.

Small groups of students in gas masks and wielding plastic shields protested the proposal this week. They threw stones at police, blocked a highway and were accused of setting fire to a national park. Chavez said police on his orders used tear gas to disperse the protest.

Chavez said the protest was part of a U.S.-backed plan to destabilize the oil-exporting nation ahead of the referendum.

On Saturday, he told security forces to use gas and water cannons at the first sign of trouble.

"Interior Ministry, spray them with gas and dissolve any disturbance. We cannot begin showing weakness as a government," Chavez said during a campaign meeting at a historic Venezuelan battleground.

Popular for raising the living standards of poor Venezuelans, Chavez has governed for a decade but says he needs 10 more years to extend social reforms in one of the United States' main oil suppliers.

Polls last month showed the new proposal had about 40 percent support, although pollsters expect that to rise.


http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/id ... 5820090118


Trying to root out the Right by this move, or is this a worrying sign of an inconsistent Chavez?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 12 Jun 2006, 02:14
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Post 18 Jan 2009, 18:23
It's a regular government decision. Most countries do it, specially if they're setting fire to a national park.

By the way... students with plastic shields??? Where did they get them?


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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 30 Oct 2007, 23:49
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Post 18 Jan 2009, 18:38
Good point. That is what I would like to know.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Jun 2006, 15:59
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Post 18 Jan 2009, 22:23
You show up with an improvised shield in the UK and it legally gives the police permission to beat you.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 21 Dec 2004, 23:53
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Post 19 Jan 2009, 05:51
Don't really feel any pity for a small group of wealthy university students protesting Chavez.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Feb 2009, 16:56
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Post 07 Feb 2009, 18:08
Pacific demonstration are legal in Venezuela but violent demonstration are forbidden.

Many opposition's demonstrations are pacific but a small number of this there are violent.

For example on the 20th january 2009 in a demonstration of opposition the police discover in truck 100 Molotov coktails, stones and gas.


Videos and photos of the demonstration and the contain of the truck
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 29 Mar 2008, 02:58
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Post 15 Jun 2009, 02:47
What worries me about Chavez, in this situation, is using the United States as the one responsible for the protests. Whether it is true or not, I wish Chavez would just be honest and point them out as conservative, rich college students that don't want mommy and daddy to have their jobs nationalized.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 14 Jul 2008, 20:01
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Post 15 Jun 2009, 19:28
If Venezuela is starting to turn into a proletarian dictatorship, they have my support.
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