Anti-Chavez students protest in Venezuela

May 21, 2009 03:56

Thousands of university students marched through Venezuela's capital on Wednesday demanding more state financial aid for public universities after President Hugo Chavez's government reduced funding by 6 percent. The crowd - comprising thousands of students, professors and university workers - chanted anti-Chavez slogans as they marched toward Venezuela's education ministry, where they raised their concerns with Higher Education Minister Luis Acuna. Acuna said funding was reduced as part of a broader initiative to cut overall government spending by 6.7 percent. Many demonstrators also criticized Chavez for demanding sanctions against the television station Globovision - the last channel on the regular airwaves that remains fiercely critical of the government. Chavez opponents fear the government could sanction - or even temporarily shut down - Globovision to punish the opposition-sided channel.

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