Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Venezuela's Walesa? Here's hoping so . . .

More missed opportunities from the mainstream media regarding an important story -- the escape from prison of Carlos Ortega, one of the loudest voices in Venezuela protesting the creeping despotism of Hugo Chavez. Ortega led a strike of the workers at Venezuela's state oil company in 2002-03 to protest Chavez's interference with the workers' unionization attempts. Sound familiar? Lech Walesa led a similar revolt in Poland.

Chavez had Ortega thrown into maximum security prison for 16 years. That's SIXTEEN years of the toughest Venezuelan prison confinement for protesting Chavez's politics.

Ortega just escaped. Hopefully the fun starts now, and the decline and fall of Chavez will follow.

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