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Yesterday the BBC correspondent was in Caracas (emphasis added)
I was caught up in this, broadcasting from just outside the studios. It seems when a group of Chavez supporters got within a few blocks of the station, the police took action.
Over the eerie air raid sirens, shots were fired in the air and people ran for cover. It was not clear who was firing at who, but a few minutes later, more shots rang out.
The atmosphere had become nasty. People ran as fast as they could down the narrow streets to get away from the clashes. We ran with them.
He finished his report with this,
The government says that the station violated broadcast laws and transmitted violent and morally degrading programmes.
The decision to renew the licences of other broadcasters, ministers say, shows that Venezuela is democratic and pluralistic.
Venezuela’s government has accused a TV station of inciting a murder attempt on President Hugo Chavez, hours after taking another network off the air.
It said footage shown on Globovision implicitly called for Mr Chavez to be killed. The station denies the claim.
Globovision was the only TV station to air footage of a large demonstration against the government’s growing control over the media.
This time the government has sued. Foreign news servides are also in the crosshairs:
Chavez eyes CNN
The government was also suing the US station CNN for allegedly linking Mr Chavez to al-Qaeda, Mr Lara said.
“CNN broadcast a lie which linked President Chavez to violence and murder,” he said.
In a statement, CNN said they “strongly deny” being “engaged in a campaign to discredit or attack Venezuela”.
This is what got CNN in trouble.
Now all the US cable networks are finally reporting on the protests.
Fox video was there.
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Miguel Octavio will be the guest of Political Vindication‘s PV Radio podcasttomorrow, Wednesday at 9PM EDT.
Update, 12:20 PM: CNN International’s showing more protests right now.
Update, 5:20 OM: Adam Housley of Fox News reported that Chavez had asked his supporters to come down from the mountains and fight the demonstrators, while the police continued to fire rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators.
Chavez is asking the opposition if they’re prepared to die to defend their beliefs.
6:35PM Housley’s wearing goggles – from being hosed down by the water cannon.