"It seems that it is the prelude of a typical government campaign to try to discredit, smear, offend and insult," Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles Radonski said
Central Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles Radonski denounced a "smear" campaign by the government after he announced his intention to become a candidate in the opposition primaries ahead of presidential elections to be held in 2012.
"It seems that it is the prelude of a typical government campaign to try to discredit, smear, offend and insult," Capriles, an opposition governor, told Venezuelan radio station Unión Radio, Efe reported.
Capriles' statements came after the National Assembly, mostly controlled by the ruling party, requested an investigation into the violation of human rights by the opposition-led police force of the Caracas district of Chacao, Miranda state.
Eleven years have elapsed since the Santa Rita "hacienda", or rural estate, in the Obispo municipality of Barinas state (in southwest Venezuela), was first invaded.