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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