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Freedom and Chavez
Posted by: McQ on Monday, July 23, 2007

They're like oil and water. His latest:
President Hugo Chavez said foreigners who publicly criticise him or his government while visiting Venezuela will be expelled from the country.

Mr Chavez ordered officials to closely monitor statements made by international figures during their visits to Venezuela — and deport any outspoken critics. "How long are we going to allow a person — from any country in the world — to come to our own house to say there’s a dictatorship here, that the President is a tyrant, and nobody does anything about it?" asked Mr Chavez, speaking during his weekly Sunday television and radio programme.

"No foreigner, whoever he may be, can come here and attack us. Whoever comes, we must remove him from the country," he said. "I’m talking about some gentlemen who come here for conferences." The Venezuelan leader did not elaborate but his statements came after Manuel Espino, the president of Mexico’s conservative ruling party, criticised Mr Chavez for seeking indefinite rule during a recent pro-democracy forum in Caracas.
The usual isolation and paranoia continue to build. So, now visitors to Chavez's Venezuela will have something in common with North Korea - they'll have an official "minder". Yes someone who will monitor their travels and, more importantly, what they say and eject anyone who says anything that might be deemed critical of the dictator, er, president of the country. That ought to bring in a lot of tourism, convention and conference business.

Let freedom ring.
 
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Thankfully Cindy and Michael will still be safe...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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For some reason the irony meter got pegged reading that.
 
Written By: Jay Evans
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Wasn’t it Chavez who gave a speech in the United States and said exactly those things about Bush?
 
Written By: Synova
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Wasn’t it Chavez who gave a speech in the United States and said exactly those things about Bush?
Yup, that would be the guy.
 
Written By: McQ
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President Hugo Chavez said foreigners who publicly criticise him or his government while visiting Venezuela will be expelled from the country.
Only if they’re higher profile foreigners from more important countries.

I can see many "foreigners" ending up in his dungeons to rot there.
 
Written By: shark
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"How long are we going to allow a person - from any country in the world - to come to our own house to say there’s a dictatorship here, that the President is a tyrant, and nobody does anything about it?"
Reminds me of this.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Minder positions open eh?
I can think of a former American President who ought to be able to handle that job.
It’s right up his peanut row.
 
Written By: looker
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What if international leaders go to Vz and leave bad smells? After all, that’s Chavvy said Bush left stale, devilish farts at the podium at the UN...
 
Written By: Foobarista
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"Thankfully Cindy and Michael will still be safe..."

And Jimmy.
 
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What a moron
 
Written By: Neo
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"Wasn’t it Chavez who gave a speech in the United States and said exactly those things about Bush?"

That wasn’t on U.S. soil. The UN is international territory.
 
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