Update July 8, 2009
Attached below please find link to interview with U.S. Secretary of State, and sample of highlights:
Interview With Leopoldo Castillo of Globovision
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
July 7, 2009
QUESTION: If I mentioned to you issues like separation of power, human rights, political freedom, freedom of speech, civil and political rights, which one would you consider the weakest or the most fragile of states in Latin America?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, you have just listed many of the most important concerns that we have about our hemisphere. We think it’s imperative that people’s rights be respected, that there be separation of powers, and that different institutions within countries’ governments have clearly defined roles that they are able to exercise.
We support freedom of expression throughout our hemisphere. We are against the arbitrary use and abuse of power that would lead to political prisoners being confined. Because everything that you have mentioned is part of what makes up a vibrant democracy. Democracy is not just about elections. Democracy is about how governments are organized, whether they are able to protect the rights of minorities, whether people of different political persuasions have the right to speak out without fear of being persecuted, whether there’s an independent judiciary and an independent press.
All of these are parts of what make democracies dynamic and lasting. So whenever one of those is under attack, others are often under attack as well.
Hillary Clinton calls to protect free press in Venezuela
http://english.eluniversal.com/2009/07/08/en_pol_esp_hillary-clinton-call_08A2471203.shtmlCaracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma stopped his hunger strike after speaking with OAS Secretary General Insulza.
It is wonderful news that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met immediately following her meeting with outlaw Zelaya with the producer of the television show in Venezuela ""Alo Ciudadano," and with the C.E.O. of Globovision network which infamous Chavez is harassing, and threatening to take out-of-business:
Hillary Clinton habla en Aló Ciudadano
This link is very busy, so please try it later. Hopefully, Globovision will post on their website the interview. At this time they only have the advertisement of the interview.
Clinton: Costa Rican President to Mediate Honduran Standoff
In the meantime, Caracas Mayor continues on hunger strike until the Organization of American States sends a delegation to Venezuela to see Hugo Chavez's abuses against democracy and human rights. Globovision reports that OAS Secretary General Insulza talked with Mayor Ledezma on the telephone today:
The following link is to open letter to OAS Secretary General from Yon
Yon Goicoechea // OEA pa' los panas
Venezuelans are angry that the OAS is going along with Chavez's abuses against human rights, and interference with the internal politics of other countries imposing his alleged voting scams enabling corruptible leaders to perpetuate themselves in power. Perhaps the Federal Bureau of Investigation should take a look at this voting scams similar to the investigators from the cool television show Numb3rs do. If Chavez is indeed using voting scams to cheat Venezuelan citizens, isn't this a crime against human rights?
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