Venezuelan high court orders DirecTV property seized

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    Venezuela's high court ordered the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property on Friday, days after the US company abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing US sanctions.

    The Supreme Court ruling told the nation's telecommunications agency to seize satellite dishes and office space at transmission centers. It also said DirecTV programming should immediately return to the airwaves, in an order that was not likely to be heeded.

    Dallas-based AT&T on Tuesday cut off pay TV services in Venezuela, saying U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the administration of President Nicolas Maduro.

    However, pro-Maduro politician Maria Alejandra Diaz said the company is legally bound to uphold its programming.

    "DirecTV unilaterally and illegally suspended the right to freedom of expression and communication for almost 10 million Venezuelans," Mr Diaz said outside the court. "It is not true to say that DirecTV could not comply with internal regulations."

    The abrupt move cutting off entertainment, news and sports channels, sparked widespread protests at least two nights in a row, with residents leaning from their windows across the capital of Caracas banging pots and pans.

    "I want my DirecTV," some shouted amid chants against Mr Maduro.

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