BACKLASH

Tens of Thousands Protest Chavez

Tens of thousands of protesters, many clothed in white, marched through Venezuela's capital on Saturday to protest the recent arrests of at least 11 opposition demonstrators as well as a new education law that boosts the government's control over schools. "We have 11 years with the same faces, the same problems, and the truth is that we don't see any solutions," one protester said. Chavez also shut down dozens of radio stations last month, and more will be closed soon. A few thousand pro-Chavez protesters held a counter-protest denouncing Colombia's deal with the U.S. to provide the country with access to its military bases. Meanwhile, Chavez arrived in Tehran on Friday for a two-day visit to further his goal of decreasing U.S. influence in the region, he said.