It will come as no surprise to those that know me that I am not exactly a supporter of Hugo Chavez, the current leader of Venezuela. The man believes himself to be a new Simon Bolivar, and is a very outspoken critic of George Bush, often making extreme claims of how George Bush is planning some form of attack against his country. The man often makes claims of how America is a failing democracy and that only he is leading “the people” in a new leftist revolution.
However, for a good example of how he controls his “People’s Movement”, check out this article discussing “Chavez’s repression of speech”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5755-2005Mar27.html
This is the same guy who felt it was his right to smack-talk the US while in New York. Of course he was here with one of his other well know democratic leaders, Ahmadinejad.