By FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press Writer
CARACAS, Venezuela – National Guard troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday into a crowd of protesters angry over a decision by President Hugo Chavez that forced a critical television station off the air.
University students blocked one lane of a major highway hours after Radio Caracas Television ceased broadcasting at midnight and was replaced with a new state-funded channel. Chavez had refused to renew RCTV’s broadcast license, accusing it of “subversive” activities and of backing a 2002 coup against him. More…
Chavez faces fierce opposition to TV network’s closure AFP –
Venezuela TV shutdown sparks criticism of Chavez Reuters
Protests in Venezuela as Chavez takes TV channel off air AFP
Chavez shuts Venezuelan TV station AP
Venezuela replaces opposition TV with state network Reuters
Caracas rallies over TV closure at BBC
World Bank crisis ‘grist to the mill’ of Chavistas at Financial Times
Note: I would advise all Venezuelan nationals in the states or abroad to check for first-hand news from their in-country sources as to accuracy of reports coming from Venezuela. Anyone having contact with Venezuela via the internet might want to set up an anonymous mode of communication and blogging in the event conditions worsen.