According to the corporate media, there are 16 college students and professors on a two week hunger strike. They are claiming that Chavez is stifling their freedom of expression and that many others in the country are protesting about human rights abuses and such.
The information I read about Venezuela is seems so contradictory. Some sources claim that Venezuela is a progressive country and Chavez is simply trying to bring about positive change while others claim he's a dictator and is enforcing draconian law by taking over the media. My uncle spent time in Venezuela 10 years ago and he says that people there are dirt poor and generally don't trust Chavez yet there seems to be a fervor among many local activists that Chavez is misunderstood. My guess is that it's a little of both sides but opinions on Chavez seem totally polar.