MASSIVE ANTI-CHAVEZ PROTEST in Caracas!
Maybe, just maybe, their is a bit of life left in Venezuela…
It had looked like the Chavez regime was going to close shut the door to freedom forever on this former democracy but maybe not just yet.
Massive protests were held today on Bolivar Avenue.
This street has been blocked to the opposition for protests since 2002 but today the regime could not stop them…
People take part in a closing campaign rally against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s proposal of constitutional changes in Caracas November 29, 2007. (Reuters)
Daniel at Venezuela News and Views has a terrific roundup as usual on today’s protest.
The New York Times insists that the regime is still some sort of a legitimate democracy. (Healthy democracies don’t generally hold elections to give one person abolute power.) However, the Times does at least recognize that Chavez is having some problems controlling the momentum against his referendum on absolute power.
People take part in a rally against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s proposal of constitutional changes in Caracas November 29, 2007. President Hugo Chavez needs to rely on a vast get-out-the-vote machine to avoid an unprecedented defeat when Venezuelans cast ballots on Sunday in a referendum on letting him run for re-election indefinitely. (REUTERS/Francesco Spotorno)
El Universal has more on the massive protest.
Fausta says the Countdown to Tyranny has begun.
But, it may have actually started a while back.
People take part in a closing campaign rally against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s proposal of constitutional changes in Caracas November 29, 2007. More than 100,000 Venezuelans held a rally on Thursday in the opposition’s biggest show of force before a tight vote on whether President Hugo Chavez will be allowed to run for reelection as long as he lives. (REUTERS/Edwin Montilva)
Babalu is calling Thursday’s protest the “Last Hoorah.”
Today the Chavistas will, no doubt, be bussed in for protest. Chavez promises to triple the massive crowd on Thursday. Chavez has not invited international election workers to monitor the election on Sunday.