Noam Chomsky has called for the release of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni and criticizes Hugo Chavez for devolving from a democratic regime into a dictatorial one.

 

Sadly, I have to agree.  Having cheered Chavez when he came into power and finally began to represent and help the oppressed and poor of Venezuela–who at best were ignored for decades by previous regimes–power(oil money) has corrupted him and it seems he has become dictatorial,  on the road to tyrannical.

 

Facts change:  while he was once a beacon for the poor and oppressed and indigenous, after 5(or even 10 years) of righting what was wrong with the distribution of wealth and power in Venezuela, even Chomsky thinks Chavez has gone too far and become the oppressor.