Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Protests in Caracas

AP writer Ian James reports:

CARACAS, Venezuela - Riot police used tear gas Wednesday to block hundreds of Venezuelans protesting the latest moves by President Hugo Chavez to concentrate his power. The demonstrators said a blacklist of opposition candidates and a series of socialist decrees are destroying what's left of their democracy.

Though the protest of about 1,000 people chanting "freedom!" was small compared to past marches, there is a growing public outcry over the sidelining of key government opponents ahead of state and local elections in November.

Decrees include: Civilian Militia, government confiscation of goods, control over food stocks, and prison sentences for business owners that violate government price controls. Sound familiar, Comrades?