Not being fixated on events in South America, I was a bit surprised to read this in the paper:
"As of today, I want the National Guard to stop the beer trucks and take them to the nearest command post. No more trucks," he said in a televised speech. Chavez was speaking before participants in a state program aimed at helping alcoholics, the homeless and street children. The crowd had cheered him enthusiastically earlier in his speech, but his beer decree was met with a lukewarm response and scattered applause.But apparently Hugo's concern is that wanton distribution of the sort that would never be allowed in the United States or Canada is a cause of social decay just as anyone in the United States or Canada might think. In this sense it is nothing more than the lessons to be learned from Gin Lane.