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Monday, December 31, 2007

Chavez could signed an Amnesty Law to release some Political Prisoners


UPDATED

3 former commissaries from Intelligence Police DISIP, Henry Vivas, Lazaro Forero and Ivan Simonovis, among with student leader Nixon Moreno, who is refuged at the Vatican Embassy in Caracas won't receive a pardon too, so apparently this was a lie by SOB Hugo Chavez, people are very upset.

Following this link you could sign an online petition to release all political prisoners in Venezuela

5:45pm (gmt-4): Chavez has just announce he will decree an Amnesty Law in order to release the Political Prisoners, apparently all of them, those who are listed in the VenezuelaAwarness site. But he also said those who were not present to the Tribunals (the exile ones) won't received those benefits (like the leaders of the 2002 strike and protests, Carlos Ortega and Pedro Carmona). He is just signing the different pardons. But the reporters of state owned VTV TV Station still attacking those persons saying they are rightist coupist. He also conceded other 36 pardons as usual every New Year's Eve. But Chavez is continuing saying there is not political prisoners, but he said "most of the input charges are political charges... ... They are politics person prisoned, there is nobody in jail for his politics, or for his thoughts" he lied (I mean said).

The International Herald Tribune Report:
Associated Press (31 December 2007): President Hugo Chavez granted amnesty Monday to those accused of involvement in a failed 2002 coup that briefly drove him from power.

Chavez said he signed an amnesty decree that would also pardon others accused in suspected attempts to overthrow the government or assassinate him. It was not immediately clear how many accused opponents would be affected by the amnesty.

The decree would also pardon others charged in suspected attempts to overthrow the government or assassinate him, Chavez said. It was not immediately clear how many accused opponents would be affected by the amnesty.

"It's a matter of turning the page," Chavez said in a telephone call to state television on New Year's Eve. "We would like a country that moves toward peace."

Chavez read aloud the new law, which grants amnesty to those who signed a decree recognizing an interim government that briefly replaced him during the 2002 coup. Chavez was ousted by dissident military officers, but was returned to the presidency by loyalist generals within two days, amid street protests by his supporters.

Opponents accused of taking over Venezuela's state television channel during the coup would also fall under the amnesty, along with those who sought to sabotage the oil industry during an opposition-led strike that followed the coup, he said.

Opponents accuse the socialist Chavez — a close friend of Cuban leader Fidel Castro — of seeking to quash dissent and concentrate power in his own hands.

But he called his amnesty decree proof that "we want there to be a strong ideological and political debate — but in peace."

He reiterated that no one in Venezuela is jailed "for his political ideas," regardless of the law.

Comments about this among Venezuelans are the same, Even if the monkey wears silk, monkey he remains.


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