American Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky last week told The Guardian that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has too much power and is making an "assault" on the country's democracy.
"Concentration of executive power, unless it's very temporary and for specific circumstances, such as fighting World War II, is an assault on democracy. You can debate whether [Venezuela's] circumstances require it: Internal circumstances and the external threat of attack, that's a legitimate debate. But my own judgment in that debate is that it does not," Chomsky told The Observer, the Guardian's weekend paper.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused Venezuelan authorities of "cruelty" over the imprisonment of judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, urging Chavez to free her in "a gesture of clemency" for the sake of human rights.