Friday, November 02, 2007

Hugo Chavez and Double Standards

Seems not everybody in Venezuela is happy with "President-for-Life" Hugo Chavez's socialist paradise.

According to news reports:
Soldiers used tear gas, plastic bullets and water cannons to scatter tens of thousands who massed yesterday in Caracas to protest constitutional reforms that would permit President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely.

Led by university students protesters chanted `Freedom! Freedom!' and warned that 69 amendments drafted by the Chavista-dominated National Assembly would violate civil liberties and derail democracy.

It was the biggest turnout against Chavez in months and students promised more street demonstrations over the weekend.

Now you would expect the world's left-wing activists types to express outrage over Chavez's strong arm reactions to these protests: police opening fire on demonstrators and all.

But you won't hear a peep.

After all, these particular demonstrators were not shouting death threats against George Bush, and they actually seem to oppose socialism.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still that whack job, Sean Penn, seems to like him so that should tell you something...

zolton said...

Can I see the source to that news report?

Also what was the official conservative response to the provocateur policemen at the SPP summit in Quebec?

Miles Lunn said...

I oppose both Chavez and Bush. As a middle of the road type person, I don't think a country is well served by either ideological right or left wing governments. Ironically, Chavez and Bush probably have more in common with each other than either do with a centrist. In fact the left/right spectrum is less of a straight line and more of a circle as the far right and far left really aren't all that different. Their stated goals differ, but their tactics and policies are pretty similiar.

In the most extreme example, Stalin and Hitler may have come from opposite ends of the spectrum, but they had a lot similiarities in their policies and style of governing.