Oh Chavez, what shalt the world do with thee? You are such a hypocrite; you spend billions of dollars yearly on tech heavy Russian war weaponry and, yet you force laws on a people that they don’t consent of and don’t care for… Hypocrisy at its finest.
You may be aware of the law that was passed recently in Venezuela that forbids â€œthe manufacture, import, distribution, purchase, sale, rental, and use of violent toys and video games.â€ It’s called the Law for the Prohibition of Violent Video Games and Toys (Ley para la ProhibiciÃ³n de Videojuegos BÃ©licos y Juguetes BÃ©licos) which was passed in November 2009, and went into effect this past Wednesday.
The full description of the law was published in the December issue of La Gaceta (translated by Latamdaily) and makes plain what exactly is punishable. The important paragraphs of the law can be found below.
1. Violent video games: Video games or programs that can be use on personal computers, arcade systems, video game consoles, portable devices or mobile telephones, or any other electronic or telephonic device, that contain information or images that promote or incite violence and the use of weapons.
2. Violent toys: Objects or instruments that in form mimic any kind of weapon used by the National Bolivarian Armed Forces, weapons of war used by any other nation, citizen or state security forces, as well as those that, though not promoting war, establish the kind of game that stimulates aggressiveness or violence.
Article 13. Those who in any way promote the purchase or use of violent toys or video games as defined by this law will be punished with a fine of between 2,000 and 4,000 tax units.
Article 14. Those who import, manufacture, sell, rent, or distribute violent toys or video games will be punished with 3 to 5 years in prison.
The above explanation says it all. Try and promote “violent” games in any way and get jailed. You know, while you’re at it Chavez, you might as well ban people from living; how does that sound to you? Not so much of a crazy idea right?[PDF]