Hugo Chavez: The “Long March” to Dictatorship in Venezuela.
During this week, the venezuelan tropical “Il Duce” Hugo Chávez did take another two steps in his long march towards dictatorship in Venezuela:
a) Venezuela ex-governor to remain in jail without bail over drug remarks.
Former Governor Oswaldo Alvarez Paz said in a TV program that Venezuela has become a drug-trafficking hub.
The former governor of Zulia, Mr. Oswaldo Alvarez Paz said in a TV programa that Venezzuela has become a drug-trafficking hub. However he did not mention Chavez. But this possibility of Venezuela being a hub for the cartels is a menace to hemispheric security. Opponents say his arrest is the latest effort by President Hugo Chavez’s government to suppress dissent. To many, including the U.S. State Department and several foreign counternarcotics agencies, Alvarez Paz’s allegation rings true. Increased seizures of drug shipments from Venezuela and detection of suspected drug flights from clandestine airstrips here point to a sharp increase in trafficking over the last decade. In 2006, U.S. Embassy officials said the amount of cocaine moving through Venezuela had quintupled since 2001 to more than 250 tons a year. The flow represented an estimated one-quarter to one-third of the cocaine produced by Colombia. Human Rights Watch and other rights groups decried Alvarez Paz’s arrest Tuesday at his Caracas home as an attack on freedom of expression. The former presidential candidate faces up to 16 years in jail if convicted.READ MORE HERE.
b) After “criticizing” the bolivarian President in a private business meeting, television channel owner is arrested in Venezuela, was informed to the public by Venezuela’s top official prosecutor. Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz says a warrant was issued for the arrest of Guillermo Zuloaga, the owner of the TV channel Globovisión. For a long time, Globovisión has been targeted by Chavez and his followers. Zuloaga was detained by intelligence agents at an airport in the northwestern state of Falcon. According to Zuloaga, Chavez prosecutors are investigating him for statements he made during a recent meeting of newspaper owners, who criticized Chávez’s government for limiting freedom of expression. READ MORE HERE.