Chavez Kicks Off South American Tour

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News Americas, CARACAS, Venezuela, Tues. Mar. 29, 2011: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday kick-started a tour of four South American countries.

Chavez stopped first in Argentina, where he will today receive a prize for promoting “popular communication” despite his record of attacking press freedom in his country.

The tour, according to Chavez, is aimed at strengthening ties and analyzing existing accords. He will move on to Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia later this week.

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