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In Venezuela, anti-Chavez forces complain of campaign abuses

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CARACAS, Venezuela — A deep-red tent promoting the re-election of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, which displayed campaign posters and featured blaring salsa music Friday, has been pitched just steps from the entrance to the headquarters of the government’s tax authority. Early in the campaign, a pro-Chavez billboard hung from a Caracas courthouse — despite a ban on the use of state resources in politics. It was just across the street from the National Electoral Council, or CNE, the very entity charged with catching campaign abuses.

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