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Venezuela's Chavez warns opposition could be denied protest permits

President Hugo Chavez said his government could deny permits for opposition-led protests because of violence during demonstrations against proposed constitutional amendments that would let him run for re-election indefinitely.

"The next time they announce one of these marches, we'll have to evaluate whether to grant permission," Chavez told thousands of supporters during a rally Sunday in favor of the reforms.

He accused his opponents of planning to spur widespread political upheaval ahead of the Dec. 2 referendum on the 69 proposed constitutional changes.

"We're not going to allow them to fill Venezuela's streets with blood," Chavez said.

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