Hugo Chavez Wears Out His Welcome

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 6, 2009

It’s pretty impressive when protests against Venezuela’s dictator–I trust that we are allowed to call him a dictator now–reach the transnational stage:

Thousands of opponents of Hugo Chavez marched against the Venezuelan president across Latin America on Friday, accusing him of everything from authoritarianism to international meddling.

The protests, coordinated through Twitter and Facebook, drew more than 5,000 people in Bogota, and thousands more in the capitals of Venezuela and Honduras. Smaller demonstrations were held in other Latin American capitals, as well as New York and Madrid.

Some of the demonstrations were not large at all. But the longer the demonstrations continue, the greater the chance that they will grow significantly in size. Given that the online community has played such a crucial role in getting the demonstrations going in the first place, one hopes that they will continue to play a role in order to keep the demonstrations going and growing. If anything is clear, it is that Hugo Chavez is a bad man (to say the least), and that he deserves all of the opposition that he gets. And then some.

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