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Critics march against Chavez across Latin America

Sadly, there is no opportunity for a peaceful protest against Chavez in his own country of Venezuela.  If you speak out against him, you wake up dead.  Once a dictator like Chavez seizes total power as he has done, there are only two ways to get rid of him: (1) wait until he dies, or (2) overthrow him.  Either way is bloody.  If you wait until he dies, then you watch untold numbers of your own countrymen die at his hand with no opposition.  If you overthrow him, at least the innocent people will die with some dignity and for a purpose, leaving a better, more free country behind.

It should make all Americans nervous when Obama cozies up to dictators like Chavez and Ahmadinijad (pronounced I’m-in-a-jihad).  It should sicken you when he cuts off aid to a democratic country following their constitution in order to support someone who attempted to short circuit that constitution to install himself as a dictator.  Do not be surprised if Obama and his hoard cook up some phony crisis and attempt to declare some sort of national emergency to give “temporarily” give him more power to “solve” the crisis.  Don’t believe for a second that the power grab will be temporary, or that he will in any way solve the problem.



Critics march against Chavez across Latin America

By SUSANA LONDONO, Associated Press Writer Susana Londono, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 4, 7:52 pm ET

BOGOTA – Thousands of opponents of Hugo Chavez marched against the Venezuelan president across Latin America on Friday, accusing him of everything from authoritarianism to international meddling.

The protests, coordinated through Twitter and Facebook, drew more than 5,000 people in Bogota, and thousands more in the capitals of Venezuela and Honduras. Smaller demonstrations were held in other Latin American capitals, as well as New York and Madrid.

The Honduras march was led by Roberto Micheletti, who became president when Chavez ally Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a June coup.

“Any politician who tries to stay in power by hitching up with a dictator like Hugo Chavez, he won’t achieve it,” Micheletti said. “We’ll stop him.”

Chavez, who was traveling in Syria, ridiculed the protests, likening Micheletti to a gorilla and saying: “Those who want to march, march with ‘Goriletti,’ the dictators, the extreme right.”

Chavez supporters held smaller counter-demonstrations, including a Caracas rally that drew nearly 200 people. Police in Quito, Ecuador, intervened to keep pro- and anti-Chavez groups from clashing.

Turnout at the anti-Chavez rallies was far from massive in many cities. A dozen people gathered in Sao Paulo, while about 200 turned out in New York, Madrid and Miami. Protests also were held in the capitals of Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Panama and Bolivia.

Protest organizer Marcela Garzon in Colombia said she didn’t care about the numbers.

“The quantity doesn’t interest us, but rather the quality,” she said.


Associated Press writers Fabiola Sanchez in Caracas, Venezuela, Jeanneth Valdivieso in Quito, Ecuador, and Freddy Cuevas in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, contributed to this report.


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