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Heavy-Handed Politics

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Friday, November 30, 2007

100,000 march against Hugo Chavez reforms

Times Online
November 30, 2007

Thousands of opponents to Venezuelan President Chavez's plan to reform the constitution, march in the streets of Caracas Hannah Strange and agencies

More than 100,000 marchers flooded the streets of Caracas yesterday to protest against proposed constitutional changes that would dramatically widen the powers of President Hugo Chavez.

As polls predicted an agonisingly close result in Sunday’s referendum, legions of protesters stormed along the Venezuelan capital’s central avenue, blowing whistles, waving placards and shouting “Not like this!”

Some taunted "Shut up!" echoing a outburst by King Juan Carlos of Spain at a recent summit, which has become a popular ring tone among students.

There were no official counts of those present but Leopoldo Lopez, an opposition politician, estimated that at least 160,000 had taken part in the demonstration, the official close of the campaign against the proposed reforms. Full article.


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