Updates on this April 19 2009
While the press was dissecting Obama's handshake with infamous Chavez, Venezuelan opposition leaders and supporters were protesting Chavez's autocratic behavior. As mentioned in previous blog postings Venezuelans elected democratically opposition Mayor Antonio Ledezma on December 2008, but Chavez seems to have decided to eliminate his post, and have hand-picked his own supporter, created a new position above the Mayor's and assigned his supporter to that post against the will of Venezuelan citizens.
Anunciaron que la oposición marchará “unida” el 1 de Mayo (+Videos)
Obama Defends Reaching Out to Chávez By Sheryl Gay Stolberg
Obama Defends: Interactions with Chavez Don’t Show Signs of Weakness
“Chávez debe parar su discurso antiamericano de mal gusto”
Venezuelans commemorate on this date the proclamation of Venezuela's independence from abusers that took place on April 19, 1810. I wonder if the time has come now for a new proclamation:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Confronted on Political Prisoners at Summit of the Americas
Protest in Support of Political Persecuted by Chavez
Venezuelan citizens are gathering in Caracas to protest Chavez's persecution against those who disagree with his politics.
Acto constitutivo del Frente Unitario Nacional en Defensa de la Democracia.
Anuncio de las funciones y acciones concretas a seguir del FUNDD
Apoyo al Alcalde Antonio Ledezma, Alcalde Manuel Rosales y a todos los perseguidos políticos, es decir, a todos los políticos demócratas.
Invitan TODOS los Partidos Políticos y muchas Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil.
Fecha; este domingo 19 de abril
Hora: 10.00 a.m.
Lugar: en la terraza del Colegio de Ingenieros (Metro: Colegio de Ingenieros)
The following comments from the Summit of the Americas 2009 are circulating the Internet:
From the New York Times:
As for the other big draw here, Mr. Chávez, Mr. Harper said he was not surprised to see the Venezuelan leader strike up a relationship with Mr. Obama.
“My observation: President Chávez is a character, and notwithstanding his hard-line ideology that I am a firm opponent of — be under no illusion about that — he’s actually an affable and gregarious and open personality,” Mr. Harper said. “And for whatever reason, he seems in a particularly good mood this weekend, and we’re all grateful for that.”
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