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Chávez questions Clinton's work, downplays attacks on journalists

"Nobody is to believe what the Secretary of State says, not even herself believes it," said Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez about the work carried out by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the military deals made by Washington and Bogotá.

He criticized that it was said that the bases "do not affect Colombia's neighbors."

"Nobody will believe what Ms. Clinton says and a bit nervous, somewhat sad Colombian Foreign Minister (Jaime Bermúdez) repeats… or perhaps they do not know the empire's strategy," Chávez told state-run TV channel VTV.

With regard to a protest staged last week by media workers against the education law, the president said that as far as he knew, there was evidence that the journalists battered by alleged government followers provoked the attack, because they acted as political activists.

The journalists were hit when they were delivering to pedestrians leaflets warning against the law. Critics fear that the new instrument could result in indoctrination at schools.

"It is said that they were not working as journalists; they were on a march… handing over some leaflets; engaged in proselytism against the education law," said the Head of State during an telephone interview aired on VTV, AP quoted.

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