Thousands march for, against anti-Chavez station

Thousands of Venezuelans held protests Saturday both for and against the opposition-aligned television station that President Hugo Chavez's government has threatened with closure. Marching to Venezuela's journalists' association, opposition protesters chanted "Journalism is freedom!" Some were waving Venezuelan flags, while others carried signs reading: "They won't shut us up." Recently, the government has stepped up its confrontation with Globovision - the only strongly anti-Chavez channel remaining on the open airwaves. Earlier this month, the president urged Globovision's executives to reflect on the station's tough criticism of his government or face shutdown. With public prompting from Chavez, prosecutors and regulators have recently taken a range of actions against Globovision.