In response to an opposition-led media campaign to convince Venezuelans that the Education Law under discussion in the Venezuelan National Assembly will permit the government to arbitrarily take custody of children, Education Minister Hector Navarro denied that the law will contain such a clause and compared the campaign to the U.S.-led psychological war and expatriation of children from Cuba in the early 1960s.
and students marched on Tuesday morning from the Bolivarian University of
Venezuela (UBV) to the National Assembly, in order to demand more democratic decision
making in the nation's universities and a transformation of the university
system to make it more equitable.
In a June 13 article in the online version of the Bolivian state-run newspaper Cambio, Peruvian president Alan Garcíais
quoted as accusing international communism of attempting to create
chaos in Peru.
Venezuelan Minister for Justice and Internal Affairs, Tarek El-Aissami, accused the governors of opposition-controlled states along the Colombian border of permitting bands of Colombian paramilitary troops to destabilize the region and carry out a wave of "social cleansing" murders in recent months.
Wednesday the Venezuelan Ministry for Health ordered the Coca-Cola Company to
remove its product Coca-Cola Zero from sale for containing a cancerous
ingredient, sodium cyclamate, an ingredient not included in the US version of
On Thursday evening Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez hosted the first of what will be a series of special episodes of his weekly presidential talk show, "Hello, President." The focus of these episodes is the theory of socialist change, in contrast to the discussions of current events and exhibitions of government projects that are the usual themes of his Sunday afternoon broadcasts.
On Tuesday National Assembly legislator and president of the special
commission that investigates assassination and coup attempts, Mario
Isea, denounced an alleged opposition plan to destabilise the country
or to possibly get rid of President Hugo Chavez.
The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has announced that the party grew by more than one million new members during a month-long registration drive in May. Meanwhile, most of the principal opposition parties in Venezuela have formed a new alliance called the "Democratic Unity Roundtable" (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática).