"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.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.