Daniel Ortega, the Nicaraguan president, has accused the US of provoking a student-led protest in Venezuela against the decision of Hugo Chavez to force a private television station off the air.
Ortega warned against "Yankee intervention" in Venezuela's affairs and said his government supported the Venezualan president's decision.
"I see youngsters on the news marching and protesting ... They've been injected with hate," he said.
"In Nicaragua, the Yankees took control of the people and filled them with hate," he said, with reference to the alleged US-backed 'Contra rebel' movement against the Sandinistas in the 1980s.
Students in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, painted their palms white and raised them as a sign of peace when met by crowds of Chavez supporters.
Nicolas Maduro, the foreign minister, called the protesters "students of the Venezuelan upper class", used by opposition parties and media owners.
One student said: "We're protesting not only for one channel, but for what it represents – for free speech."
Chavez said that the students were "victims of manipulation", representing the interests of US "imperialism".
"When the press comes, they go running and get on their knees in front of police who aren't doing anything to them. They get on their knees and raise their hands. It's a show." he said.
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