More recently, Hugo Chávez promised democratization, and delivered rule by decree and crackdown on opposition media.
A) his rule by decree was approved by the public.
b) his decrees have to adhere to the limitations of the constitution (a new one that gave more democratic rights_
c) the courts, parliament and the public can overturn the decrees
d) chavez has not cracked down on opposition media. in fact, most of the media is anti-chavez. he has not renewed the license of one tv station. a station that actively participated in an illegal coup de tat.
also, media licenses are much longer in Venezuela than the US, and our government, too, has the right to deny licenses on certain grounds. the TV station in question remained on the air for 5 years after the failed coup. for a thought experiment, ask yourself what the US government would have done if CNN actively participated in a failed coup. Would Bush, Clinton, JFK or George Washington wait 5 years till its license expired or would it close them down and jail them for treason?
Chavez has promised more democracy and in many ways the people have gotten it. That is precisely why he has such massive support, survived a coup and referendum. Many communities through out the country are setting up community councils so the locals can have a say in managing their own affairs. Thousands of people are getting access to free healthcare and education that simply did not exist before.
These dictator cries are nonsense.