War Declared on Library of Congress by Venezuela

NEW YORK, April 10, 2008 (Friends of Cuban Libraries) - Historian Fernando 
BŠez, appointed on April 1 as the director of Venezuela's National Library, has 
declared war on the Library of Congress.

In a speech delivered to staff of the National Library in Caracas soon after 
taking office, BŠez gave assurances he has a "blank check" from Venezuelan 
president Hugo ChŠvez to launch a global campaign against the influence of the 
Library of Congress, located in Washington, D.C. Under his leadership, declared 
BŠez, Venezuela's National Library will "assume a leading role in Latin 
America and the world because the U.S. Library of Congress has been converted into 
one of history's greatest enemies of libraries." In outlining his campaign 
against the renowned Washington, D.C., institution, Baez dismissed the Library of 
Congress as a "dangerous influence" for allegedly sowing cultural imperialism 
throughout the world....

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