Venezuela: Students protest removal of anti-Chavez channel

January 27, 2010 02:16

Thousands of university students protested against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez again Tuesday, accusing the socialist leader of forcing an opposition-allied TV channel off cable and satellite as a means of silencing his critics.

The march by some 3,000 people was peaceful, unlike protests in several cities Monday that escalated into clashes among anti-Chavez factions, the president's supporters and police, leaving two youths dead in a western state.

Demonstrators marched on Tuesday from Caracas' central plaza to the headquarters of the leading government-run television channel, where they condemned the removal of Radio Caracas Television Internacional, or RCTV, and accused state media of biased reporting.

"Tell the truth," student leader Roderick Navarro told the channel's representatives. "We don't want this media outlet to continue dividing the people."

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