President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that foreigners who publicly criticize him or his government while visiting Venezuela will be expelled from the country.
Chavez ordered officials to closely monitor statements made by international figures during their visits to Venezuela – and deport any outspoken critics.
In addition from the obvious where he’s made clear that no one is allowed to criticize him, what this means is that he’s continuing the crackdown on the media. Rest assured that by doing this, Hugo’s reading the riot act to all foreign correspondents.
Of course, he’s doing it for the sake of “national dignity.”
“National dignity,” indeed, as Hugo’s not shy about criticizing and abusing others; for instance:
Venezuela’s Chavez calls Honduran cardinal ‘imperialist clown’ for criticizing him
President Hugo Chavez called a cardinal from Honduras an “imperialist clown” after the Roman Catholic prelate warned of increasing authoritarianism under the Venezuelan president.
“Another parrot of imperialism appeared, this time dressed as a cardinal. That’s to say, another imperialist clown,” Chavez was quoted as saying in a bulletin posted Tuesday on the state-run news agency’s Web site.
While Political clashes shake Venezuela’s strained oil industry, Hugo continues to use oil proceeds towards his arms race: Belarus plans to sign several deals to supply more than $1 billion worth of arms to Venezuela, a Belarusian official said Monday.
And now for irony:
From the same Guardian article,
He said Cuba’s 80-year-old “Maximum Leader” gave him a copy of former CIA Director George Tenet’s recently published memoir and told him: “‘Read it, Chavez, because that is the most perfect killing machine ever invented and I’m a survivor … I survived more than 600 (assassination) attempts.'”
The “most perfect killing machine”, indeed.
As far as “legitimately elected”, Hugo’s made clear that the law providing for unlimited re-election applies to him only (link in Spanish), and no one else. The Beeb is happy to chime in in support
Mr Chavez was re-elected to a third term last year with support from the millions of impoverished Venezuelans who back his social development policies.
even as they state that
The assembly consists solely of politicians who back the president.
No matter how you cut it, It’s all about Chavez.
Obama would meet without precondition with leaders of Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela and Iran. Just watch what you say when you’re in Caracas, Obama.