Human Rights Watch denies Venpres press release

October 28, 2003

Human Rights Watch which last year exhibited quite a bit of sympathy for Chavez’ Government has by now realized that Chavez is no Allende and his policies are more akin to those of Chilean General Pinochet. The human rights organization had to deny the press release by Government news Agency Venpres saying that the organizations representative had said that Venezuela enjoys a full democarcy and freedom of expression. Mr. Vivancos was assumed to be sympathetic to Chavez given his Chilean past in which his family suffered the effects of the Pinochet Dictatorship. By now, HRW and Mr. Vivancos seemed to have realized what a big msitake they made last year.

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