Hundreds of members of the Nicaraguan-Venezuelan Solidarity
Committee Sunday staged a rally to support President Hugo
Chávez' decision not to renew the broadcast license for
private television channel RCTV.
The rally took place at 21.00 GMT in south Managua, with the participation of artists, students and general public.
Venezuelan Ambassador in Managua Miguel Gómez told Efe that different people and social leaders showed up at the Venezuelan diplomatic premises to express support to the Venezuelan government refusal to renew RCTV broadcast license.
"This is not a rally, demonstration or march; it is all false news, but this is something modest," Gómez said.
He said the Nicaraguan-Venezuelan Solidarity Committee invited people to appear at the Venezuelan Embassy with blankets or statements of support for President Chávez' move.
The activity ignited controversial reactions, as local media rejected the call to support non-renewal of the broadcast license for a television station in Venezuela.
La Prensa de Managua newspaper described the invitation as something "unheard of."
"This should not be considered only as an abuse of the Nicaraguan territory by a foreign diplomat and complicity of the Nicaraguan government, but also and above all as an ominous warning of the regime of Daniel Ortega -Chávez' ally- that the same thing will or could happen here," the newspaper added.
LOPEZ CASE The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.