Can we call Hugo Chavez a dictator now?

Venezuela brusquely expelled two activists from U.S.-based Human Rights Watch on Friday who had accused President Hugo Chavez of political intolerance and eroding democracy during nearly 10 years in power.

State television played a video of officials reading an expulsion order to activists Jose Miguel Vivanco and Daniel Wilkinson, who were filmed packing their bags and being escorted on to a plane that took off just after midnight.

The move highlighted the leftist leader’s intolerance of international criticism and may further strain ties with the United States, Venezuela’s main oil customer, a week after Chavez also ejected the U.S. ambassador.

Here is the information Chavez got so upset about. It’s utterly damning.