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Thousands of Venezuelan Students Protest RCTV Shutdown


Thousands of Venezuelans are protesting in the streets of the capital, Caracas, again Wednesday to show their anger at the government shutdown of the nation's oldest private broadcaster.

The demonstrators, many of them university students, marched to the attorney general's office in Caracas, calling for freedom of expression.

The protests have gone on since Radio Television Caracas, or RCTV, went off the air May 27, after the government refused to renew its broadcast license, saying it had violated broadcast laws. The decision has prompted international criticism from countries such as the United States and Spain.

Saturday, supporters of President Hugo Chavez rallied in the capital in a show of support for his decision to close the station. It has been replaced by a state-funded channel, Venezuelan Social Television.

RCTV continues to report and broadcast news on the Internet.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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