Anti-Chavez students protest in Venezuela

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.