Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has again shown his preference for supporting totalitarian regimes over human rights in his latest outrageous statement: supporting China in denouncing the Nobel Prize given to dissident Liu Xiaobo.
Chavez stated “[t]his (Liu) is like Obama, the other peace prize.” Many of us criticized the awarding of the Nobel to Obama (a vote that occurred literally days into his presidency), particularly in light of those real human rights advocates who had sacrificed so much for their causes including Liu.
However, Chavez reveals himself as just another petty dictator and a menace to freedom in his support for the Chinese government, which he describes a beacon to the world.
He added “Our greetings and solidarity go to the government of the People’s Republic of China. Viva China! And its sovereignty, its independence and its greatness.” Conversely, he condemned the Nobel Committee as “lackeys” of the West and “worse than the Yankees.”
The prize was awarded to Lui for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”