With the Copa America set to start in less than a month, the host country finds itself on the cusp of some pretty serious clashes between president Hugo Chavez and various opposition groups. Protesters in and around the capital of Caracas have been spurred on by the closing down of TV stations that Chavez has deemed as "having tried to undermine his government."
Not only has the president made moves concerning banks and refineries, his move to silence the freedom of the press as taken him to new heights, accusing CNN of trying to unsettle the government of Venezuela.
This is shaping up to be the best Copa America ever.
Chavez Opposition Wants Protesters Freed [Washington Post]
Chavez targets Venezuela's banks [BBC]
Venezuela takes over refineries [BBC]
Chavez takes on CNN after closing TV station [Times of London]