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Legislators Present Evidence that Politicians Are Behind Venezuelan Student Protests

Leaders from the opposition political parties in Venezuela are the real actors behind the student protests in Venezuela, according to several Venezuelan National Assembly Members who released evidence yesterday.

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Venezuelan Civil Society Groups Accuse U.S. of Fomenting Destabilization

Organizations, journalists, students, activists and intellectuals in Venezuela accused the national and international media of waging a campaign against Venezuela and of supporting destabilization plans that have been carried out in the country in the past few days.

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Venezuelan President Warns Private Media Against Inciting Violence

In his first declaration since the private network RCTV went off the air last Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke on national television yesterday warning the private television channel Globovision that he would take measures against them if they do not stop "inciting violence" and "calling for disobedience."

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Venezuelan Government Accuses CNN and Globovisión of Inciting Violence

The Venezuelan government accused CNN and the Venezuelan private channel Globovisión yesterday of using subliminal messages during their coverage of the RCTV protests to instigate violence and damage the image of President Hugo Chavez. Communications Minister William Lara presented two videos as evidence of the supposed manipulations to the public and to the Attorney General's office to be investigated if the channels can be tried for "inciting to commit a crime."

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Violence Breaks Out in Anti-Government Student Demonstration in Venezuela

Students from several Caracas universities organized a demonstration to protest the non-renewal of RCTV’s broadcast license. According to several reports, including the opposition-oriented newspaper El Universal, violence broke out between demonstrators and police when demonstrators started throwing rocks at a government building. Student demonstrations continued today, but without incident.

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Protests For and Against RCTV Continue in Caracas

The case of the private Venezuelan television channel RCTV going off the air due to the non-renewal of its broadcast license this Sunday provoked large protests in Caracas both in favor and against the station. Opposition marchers rallied in front of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), where conflicts with the police produced several injuries.

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Venezuela Announces New Programs and Progress in Health and in Education

Unperturbed by increasing criticism about the non-renewal of the broadcast license of one of Venezuela’s main television channels, Venezuela’s President Chavez announced a major new higher education initiative and important progress in expanding the country’s health care system.

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Documents Reveal U.S. Effort to Influence Venezuelan Journalists

Several major Venezuelan journalists have received all-expenses paid trips to the U.S. for courses in an apparent effort of the U.S. State Department to influence the media in Venezuela, according to recently released documents.

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European Parliament and U.S. Senate Take Up RCTV Case

Today, the European Parliament and the U.S. Senate took up the case of the impending broadcast license expiration of the oppositional Venezuelan TV network RCTV. While about 8% of European Parliamentarians passed a resolution urging Venezuela to respect freedom of expression, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to issue an opinion on Friday.

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Supreme Court Allows RCTV Case to Proceed, but Station Must Go off Air

In a ruling that RCTV called “contradictory,” Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the case challenging the TV station’s license non-renewal may proceed, but refused to issue a court order to allow RCTV to continue broadcasting past its license’s May 27th expiration date.

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Venezuelan Authorities Warn of Destabilization Plans

In recent days, Venezuelan government officials have increasingly warned of plans to destabilize the country in the lead up to the May 27th protests in support of the private TV station RCTV. Authorities have warned of a U.S.-organized plan to infiltrate the country with Colombian paramilitaries, among other rumored plots.

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Venezuela to Lower Phone Rates 20% Following Nationalization

With the swearing in of the new board of directors for Venezuela’s main telecommunications company CANTV, which was recently nationalized, President Hugo Chavez declared that phone rates would be lowered by as much as 20%, among a number of other changes.

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Pro and Con Demonstrations Over Venezuelan TV Station’s Demise

The rising controversy surrounding the case of RCTV, the private Venezuelan TV channel whose broadcast license expires next week, could be seen in the streets of the Venezuelan capital yesterday and Sunday.

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Venezuela’s President Chavez Tells Pope to Apologize to Indigenous Peoples

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez called on Pope Benedict XVI to apologize to the indigenous people of Latin America for his comments on the supposedly benign evangelization of the region.

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Venezuela Allocates $18 Million for Danny Glover Film on Slave Revolt

Venezuela's National Assembly is to give the U.S. actor Danny Glover almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about Toussaint Louverture, an iconic figure in the Caribbean who led an 18th-century slave revolt in Haiti.

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