Troops fire upon protesters in Venezuela

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…

Off the Wires

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.

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