Chavez — RCTV Was Just An Appetizerby Brad Warbiany
Ahh, the Chavez apologists said it was just RCTV, it was only because of their participation in the coup… But now he’s got Globovision in his sights:
Venezuelan President Hugo ChÃ¡vez resurfaced on Tuesday, two days after the end of broadcasts of private television station RCTV and, in a mandatory nationwide radio and TV broadcast, he warned the media, in particular news TV channel GlobovisiÃ³n, “to cool down” because he would not tolerate the media to create national chaos by staging a “show” aimed at “heating” the streets.
“You, brother, up there in the hills on Caracas, in (low-income areas) Petare, Catia, 23 de enero, and even here in (coastal) Vargas state, listen up! If we had to launch another April 13, I will command it myself to defend our revolution from this renewed fascist assault! I am warning the people and the enemies of the motherland -those who are behind the scenes-, and I want to say their full name: GlobovisiÃ³n!” the ruler added. Reference was made to April 13, 2002 -the day when he returned to power following a coup d’etat two days earlier.
ChÃ¡vez also claimed that following his decision on RCTV, “some destabilizing players joined the game.”
“Greetings, GlobovisiÃ³n, you will see where you will go,” ChÃ¡vez said during an event where he granted social security pensions to 50,000 housewives.
“You may move forward, and you may continue to call people to disobedience and encouraging my assassination, like you did openly late Sunday (May 27), if you want to. But I am warning you in front of the country, take my advice, take a sedative and cool down. Otherwise, I will take care of GlobovisiÃ³n myself.”
But no, this isn’t about free speech, is it?