Venezuelans demonstrate for Chávez in Caracas, Jan. 10.Jan. 10 — The people of Venezuela poured into the streets by the hundreds of thousands in the country’s four major cities today to defend recently re-elected President Hugo Chávez and his government.Because Chávez is still under treatment for cancer in Havana, Cuba, he was unable to participate in the scheduled inaugural ceremony. Anti-Chávez forces in Venezuela — mainly from the wealthy oligarchy — have tried to provoke a constitutional crisis using the president’s inability to appear as a pretext. The Supreme Court, however, ruled a day earlier that based on Paragraph 231 of the Constitution the inauguration could be postponed to a later date.Minister for communication and information, Ernesto Villegas, warned the demonstrators in Caracas about these sectors of the population — “a minority who refuse” to accept the decision of the Supreme Court and charged that these are the same forces that led the coup against the government in April 2002. A mass uprising at that time smashed the rightist coup and pushed the Bolivarian revolution forward. (aporrea.org, Jan. 10)Vice President Nicolás Maduro, speaking to the crowd outside the presidential palace, led thousands of people in an oath of absolute loyalty to the president. Before Chávez had left to go to Cuba for his operation in December, he named Maduro as the person to take responsibility for governing in his absence. The swearing in ceremony has been indefinitely postponed.Among those in Caracas to show support for the Bolivarian revolution were heads of state and government from the region, including Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Uruguay’s José Mujica, all of whom praised Chávez’s contributions. Most governments in the region have expressed support for Chávez and for his government’s continuance. From outside Latin America, head of state Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran was in Caracas today in solidarity.Chávez won more than 54 percent of the popular vote on Oct. 7, with the second-place candidate, rightist Henrique Capriles, getting only 43 percent. In local and regional elections on Dec. 16, Chávez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 20 of the 23 governor positions. Two-thirds of the National Assembly are Chávez supporters, both from the PSUV and from other parties.PCV backs Chávez, attacks ‘coup makers’One of the parties that is not part of the PSUV but still supports Chávez and the revolutionary process is the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV). In a Jan. 10 article, Carolus Wimmer of the political bureau of the PCV wrote:“The pro-imperialist rightwing is looking for legalistic subterfuges to twist the sovereign will of the people and attack President Chávez. For the PCV there is no doubt that the new presidential term of President Hugo Chávez, which is to last six years, begins today, Jan. 10. …“President Chávez has been re-elected by a majority of voters, which is the embodiment of popular sovereignty constitutionally established in Article 5, which literally states that ‘sovereignty resides in the people and is not transferable.’ Thus both in fact and in point of law the will of the people is clearly expressed that their president is and will continue to be Hugo Chávez.”Wimmer noted that while speaking softly, U.S. imperialism was provoking the Venezuelan pro-coup elements to aggressively attack the Bolivarian government. He insisted that “revolutionary and anti-imperialist forces must respond forcefully and with organization to defend the popular will expressed on Oct. 7. We also call upon the revolutionary forces of the continent to express their solidarity in various ways with President Chávez and the Bolivarian process.”Demonstrations already took place today in Honduras, among other countries, where people from the Popular Movement gathered in solidarity with Chávez and Bolivarian Venezuela.In the United States, the International Action Center, the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle, the Alliance for Global Justice, HondurasUSAResistencia, Cuba Solidarity New York, the Latin America Solidarity Coalition, the July 26th Coalition, the Nicaragua Network, the May 1st Coalition and others have called on “the progressive, anti-war and solidarity movements to come out in solidarity with the revolutionary process in Venezuela and participate in National Days of Action from Tuesday, Jan. 22, thru Thursday, Jan. 31.” Actions have already been set in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Detroit, Boston and Tucson, Ariz. For information see iacenter.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en Organisation November 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Justice for Hrant Dink – time running out Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts News News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia to go further Reporters Without Borders is worried by the way the Istanbul court that is trying journalist Hrant Dink’s accused murderers seems to be rushing the trial to a premature conclusion. The 21st hearing was held on 14 November and the next is scheduled for 5 December. There used to be at least three months between each hearing.“Under no circumstances should this trial be concluded as things currently stand,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Key elements are still missing from the case and too many questions are still unanswered.”The drawn-out trial started to move along more quickly after prosecutor Hikmet Usta delivered his summing-up during the 20th hearing on 19 September. But answers have yet to be provided to the same questions that have been raised in hearing after hearing.Why is the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB) persisting, in defiance of several court rulings, to hand over records of the phone calls that were made in the Istanbul district where Dink was gunned down, around the time of his murder (on 19 January 2007)? Why is the court refusing to order an analysis of surveillance camera recordings? Why haven’t all the witnesses been produced?Shortly before the 21st hearing, the TIB again refused to release the requested records, saying the court should specify exactly what calls it is referring to – made by whom, received by whom, at what time and so on. The TIB had previously cited “protection of privacy” as its grounds for refusing to hand over its records.But the Dink family’s lawyers are just asking for a list of the calls that were made in the area at the time, not their content. Combined with the recordings of the surveillance cameras of businesses located near the murder scene, the information on such a list could help to identify as yet unidentified accomplices and instigators.The need to obtain the phone records is all the more urgent because the TIB is legally required to destroy them after five years, on 19 January 2012. Reporters Without Borders has written to the TIB asking it to surrender the requested records to the court as a matter of urgency. Signatures are being collected in Turkey to a petition urging the country’s parliamentarians to intervene.“Invaluable video recordings have already been destroyed as a result of negligence or bad faith on the part of the police,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would be intolerable if more essential evidence were now to be destroyed.”The police still have not located two witnesses, Cemal Yildirim and Ergün Cagatay, so that they can testify in court again at the request of the Dink family’s lawyers. The presiding judge, Rüstem Eryilmaz, nonetheless announced that the next hearings will be dedicated to defence arguments rather than any further testimony. The Dink family’s lawyers are planning to demand the jury’s dismissal if their request for further investigation is not satisfied.Many leading media figures and jurists attended the 21st hearing in a show of support for the Dink family and their demand for justice.They included Robert Koptas, Dink’s successor as editor of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Elise Arfi of the Paris Conference of lawyers, Alexandre Couyoumdjian of the Paris bar association, Yves Ochinsky, the former heard of the Brussels bar association, Raffi Hermonn, the deputy major of Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands, the academic Ahmet Insel, the journalist Oral Calislar and Reporters Without Borders correspondent Erol Önderoglu. April 2, 2021 Find out more
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has clarified that the appointments of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants respectively were made after consultation with head coach Ravi Shastri.BCCI reacted after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman wrote to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) expressing unhappiness over Shastri’s demand for his own support staff.WATCH FULL VIDEO”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expresses its sincere gratitude to the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) who most willingly agreed to undertake the process of selection of the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team,” the BCCI release said.”The three members of the committee – Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar and Mr. VVS Laxman – have executed the assigned task with total transparency, professionalism and commitment to Indian cricket,” the release further stated.Shastri was appointed Team India coach on July 11 while the CAC also named Dravid in the support staff for overseas Test tours as a batting consultant. Zaheer was appointed the bowling coach on a full-time basis. Shastri is likely to ask for Bharat Arun to be named the bowling coach.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar, and with the addition of Dravid and Zaheer along with Shastri, the team now has a dream team in its support staff.”The recommendation for Mr. Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected for taking the team to greater heights. After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team.”advertisementBCCI also thanked the CAC for showing transparency in the appointment of the coaches.The BCCI wishes to thank the CAC for the selfless pro bono service rendered to assist the Board in the selection process of India Cricket Team’s Head Coach.