The leftist majority in Venezuela’s legislative assembly has adopted a measure that extends state control over education and mandates that all education be conducted in accordance with “the Bolivarian Doctrine.” Opponents of Hugo Chavez call it the “socialist indoctrination law.”
Journalists organized a protest against the new law and against the Chavez regime’s restrictions on free speech. The journalists were attacked by pro-Chavez thugs:
Photos showed apparent Chavez supporters descending on the group, then shoving, kicking and beating them with sticks. The journalists, some bloodied in the confrontation, later reported the attackers shouted slogans in support of Chavez’s government. …
Ultimas Noticias quoted witnesses saying the attackers emerged from a pro-government television station, Avila TV. It published a photograph showing a group pummeling a person lying on the pavement, while two of the attackers wielded sticks.
This photo shows Venezuelan “progressives” beating journalists with sticks:
It’s a funny thing: socialism always results in journalists being beaten with sticks, or worse. One might have expected this fact to dampen journalists’ enthusiasm for socialism.
UPDATE: At The Corner, Andy McCarthy recalls how Bill Ayers, Barack Obama’s partner in education “reform” in Chicago, traveled to Venezuela to praise the budding system of socialist education in that country. He also recalls Obama’s warm embrace of the Ahmadinejad of Latin America: