Thousands are marching in the streets of Venezuela against the closing of TV network Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV. Someone is spreading the rumor that the United States is behind those marching, encouraging them to turn against Hugo Chavez in hopes of possible regime change in Venezuela.
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. According to declarations made by various groups and individuals, the RCTV protests and media coverage of them have a hidden agenda directed by the United States and their Venezuelan allies to destabilize the country. (VenezuelaAnalysis.com)
The stated reasosn for canceling RCTV is its support for the coup that briefly overthrew Chavez five years ago. If this really is the reason, what took Chavez so long?
Charlie Hardy in Pacific Free Press says, "Don't Cry for Venezuela's RCTV."
U.S. newspapers seem to overlook what Venezuela used to be like as they today discuss the actions of the current government. I have lived in Venezuela for most of the past 22 years and have never experienced such freedom as that which the Venezuelan population enjoys today under Hugo Chavez.
R.J. Godlewski says, "Shish. That strange sound that you hear is the House of Chavez slowly collapsing into the Caribbean tide as all sandcastles are wont to do."
First, there is the need for witnesses – as befitting any crime scene. In this regard we can flood the area with cameras and journalists. The Crew is finite and cannot be in all places at all times. Secondly, we can distribute survival instructions to the Venezuelan people. Like I said, they’re a special breed and know fact from fiction, so our work is simple. We only need to get the information to them; they’ll know what to do with it once it is within their hands. (R.J. Godlewski, read it all here)
Today the US State Department issued a travel warning for Venezuela, urging US citizens not to visit there. I call that telling us what we already know.
After all the Venezuelan people have been through under Chavez, who knew shutting down a TV station could get them in the streets?