South America

Brazil Dam Protest Ends Peacefully

May 24, 2007

By Peter Muello, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's president ordered troops to expel hundreds of demonstrators who invaded a large Amazon hydroelectric dam to protest a lack of electricity for the region's poor.

But by Wednesday evening, the official Agencia Estado news agency reported that the protesters had already begun to leave after dam operator Centrais Eletricas do Norte do Brasil SA, or Eletronorte, negotiated their departure by offering them food.

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Protesters decry loss of Venezuela TV

By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press May 21, 2007

10 CARACAS, Venezuela - Thousands of protesters carried a blocks-long "SOS" banner through Venezuela's capital on Monday, condemning threats to freedom of expression days before the country is set to lose one of its few remaining opposition-aligned TV stations.

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