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'Dictator' Chavez to rule by decree
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has moved to bypass parliament and govern by decree for one year, prompting opposition charges that he was acting like a dictator.
Having used such powers three times during his 11-year rule, the Socialist leader says he needs them again to respond to a national emergency caused by floods that have left more than 130,000 homeless.
"He's winning time with the tragedy to put limits on the new National Assembly," said opposition politician Pastora Medina. "He is consolidating himself as a dictator, going above the [institutional powers] to govern."
A freshly united opposition coalition won about half the popular vote in a September parliamentary election to take 40 per cent of seats in a new National Assembly that will convene on 5 January, when they hoped to put a check on Mr Chavezs power.
But in a move to outflank them – and with an eye on the next presidential vote in 2012 – Mr Chavez yesterday asked the outgoing Assembly, dominated by his ruling Socialist Party, to grant him fast-track decree powers. He said the powers could extend for up to 18 months.
A leading opposition newspaper Tal Cual denounced the move – along with a package of laws being rushed through to entrench the President's "21st-century socialism" – as a "totalitarian ambush".
Many in the left even rallied behind Chavez despite the fact that he even set loose the military to take forced control over the capital as millions of protesters took to the streets.
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Originally posted by CerBeRus666
So what, it's is country, and his people.
Originally posted by CerBeRus666
So what, it's is country, and his people. If the people don't like it, they can go ahead and end his Government. As I see it, they are much better off then being America's puppets, and having all their natural resources stolen from them...
But hey, like I say, live and let live...it's their country, they can do what they please.
Originally posted by Zamini
Could I ask you for proof of this? Besides, it is known that agencies like Reuters have their orders as to what to write about countries like Venezuela, so a less opiniated news article would be appreciated.
Venezuela press freedoms under threat: analysts
by Lissy De Abreu Lissy De Abreu – Tue Dec 21, 5:35 pm ET
CARACAS (AFP) – Fragile press freedoms in Venezuela are under threat after President Hugo Chavez cracked down on Internet content and gave the state greater control over broadcast media, analysts said Tuesday.
Venezuelas National Assembly banned on Monday Internet content that promotes social unrest, challenges authority or condones crime. The measures also expanded restrictions on radio, television and print media output.
The law was pushed through by Chavezs ruling Socialist Party just weeks before a new assembly -- in which pro-government entities lose their supermajority -- starts sitting on January 5.
The new measures, covering content from the Internet and electronic subscription services, make webpage managers "responsible for the information and content" published on their websites.
They aim to crack down on media content that "makes an apology of crime," "promotes unrest in the population" or "challenges legally established authorities."
The legislation increases fines for media violations to "10 percent of the previous year's gross income," in addition to "72 hours of continuous suspension of services."
For Gloria Cuenca, a communications expert at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, the measures encourage independent media "to self-censor themselves out of fear, and threatens the right of users to freely use the Internet."
Originally posted by Zamini
Edit: It is also known that foreign influences can sway the opinion of unknowing people inside a nation, Venezuela is a good example, but a better one is the Iranian revolution and more specifically the idea that the population had about Khomeini.
Originally posted by Zamini
Besides that I could urge you to watch this neat documentary:
The revolution will not be televised:
Opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez demonstrate Monday in support of a TV station in Caracas that was removed from cable after not broadcasting the leaders speech.
The left worldwide loves to ignore the dictators that spawn from truly socialist nations...
INTER‐AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
30 December 2009
1. The report Democracy and Human Rights in Venezuela is produced in compliance
with the mandate of the Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter‐
American Commission”, “the Commission”, or the “IACHR”) to promote the observance and defense
of human rights in the Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS). The Commission
believes that the refusal of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (hereinafter “Venezuela” or “the
State”) to allow the Commission to conduct an on‐site visit to the country does not preclude the
IACHR from analyzing the situation of human rights in Venezuela.
2. The Commission’s last visit to Venezuela took place in May 2002, following the
institutional breakdown that occurred in April of that year. Following that visit, in December 2003 the
Commission published the Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Venezuela, in which it set out a
series of recommendations. Since then, in order to follow up on those recommendations and to
gather first‐hand information on the current human rights situation in Venezuela, the Commission
has pursued various formalities in order to secure the State’s permission to conduct an observation
visit. To date, the State has refused to allow the IACHR to visit Venezuela, not only undermining the
powers assigned to the Commission as the OAS’s principal body for the promotion and protection of
human rights, but also seriously weakening the protection system created by the Organization’s
3. In the report Democracy and Human Rights in Venezuela, the Commission
analyzes the evolution of human rights in the State based on the information it has received over
recent years from its various protection mechanisms, such as processing petitions through the case
system, holding hearings, adopting precautionary measures, asking the Court to issue provisional
measures, including the country in Chapter IV of its annual reports, and issuing press releases. The
Commission also bases its analysis on information submitted by the State of Venezuela in response to
requests made by the Commission, on the State’s reply to the questionnaire about the human rights
situation in Venezuela received in August 2009, on information given to the Commission by the State
at hearings, and on the available public information.
4. In this report, the Commission identifies issues that restrict full enjoyment of the
human rights enshrined in the American Convention on Human Rights. Among other issues, the
IACHR analyzes a series of conditions that indicate the absence of due separation and independence
between the branches of government in Venezuela. The Commission also finds that in Venezuela, not
all persons are ensured full enjoyment of their rights irrespective of the positions they hold vis‐à‐vis
the government’s policies. The Commission also finds that the State’s punitive power is being used to
intimidate or punish people on account of their political opinions. The Commission’s report
establishes that Venezuela lacks the conditions necessary for human rights defenders and journalists
to carry out their work freely. The IACHR also detects the existence of a pattern of impunity in cases
of violence, which particularly affects media workers, human rights defenders, trade unionists,
participants in public demonstrations, people held in custody, campesinos (small‐scale and
subsistence farmers), indigenous peoples, and women.
5. The Commission begins by analyzing how the effective enjoyment of political
rights in Venezuela – rights that by their very nature promote strengthened democracy and political
pluralism – has been hampered. The IACHR’s report indicates that mechanisms have been created in
Venezuela that restrict the possibilities of candidates opposed to the government for securing access
to power. That has taken place through administrative resolutions of the Office of the Comptroller
General of the Republic, whereby 260 individuals, mostly opposed to the government, were
disqualified from standing for election. The Commission notes that these disqualifications from
holding public office were not the result of criminal convictions and were ordered in the absence of
prior proceedings, in contravention of the American Convention’s standards.
6. In its report, the Commission also notes how the State has taken action to limit
some powers of popularly‐elected authorities in order to reduce the scope of public functions in the
hands of members of the opposition. In its observations to the present report, the State indicated
that the modifications made to the instruments governing the powers and scope of authority of
governors and mayors would have been made regardless of who was elected in 2008 and that they
also apply to authorities of the government’s party. Nevertheless, the IACHR has noticed that a series
of legal reforms have left opposition authorities with limited powers, preventing them from
legitimately exercising the mandates for which they were elected.
7. In this report, the IACHR also notes a troubling trend of punishments,
intimidation, and attacks on individuals in reprisal for expressing their dissent with official policy. This
trend affects both opposition authorities and citizens exercising their right to express their
disagreement with the policies pursued by the government. These reprisals are carried out through
both state actions, including harassment, and acts of violence perpetrated by civilians acting outside
the law as violent groups. The Commission notes with concern that, in some extreme cases, criminal
proceedings have been brought against dissidents, accusing them of common crimes in order to deny
them their freedom on account of their political positions.
Originally posted by St Udio
Chavez at least opens up the palacial estates, made for the Chief-Executive...to the public & homeless types...lets see NO-Bama keep away from a party... &/or then donate the place as a temporary shelter for the disadvantaged====> no way Jose', Michelle would have a fit
SHOW PROOF that the millions of Venezuelans who have taken to the streets to demonstrate against Chavez is nothing more than propaganda... Don't give us your rhetorical BS... SHOW PROOF...
I even gave the report from a Human Rights group that clearly corroborates the fact that Chavez is nothing more than another socialist dictator...
meanwhile my family and the mayority of Cubans don't have enough to eat