"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.
They are marching in step to the same tune. There is a coordinated effort to position the idea. The Twitter hashtag #YoSoyVictimaDeLaGuarimba (I'm a victim of "guarimbas", or protest barricades) can be read on all pro-government Twitter accounts, including those of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the National Assembly's Press Office, the state-run food distribution network PDVAL, state airline Conviasa, the Venezuelan embassies in foreign countries, radio stations and the huge media network responsive to the Government's interests and messages.