BREAKING: Maduro bans HCR's rally (Updated)

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In cadena nacional, Nicolas Maduro just announced that he won’t allow the rally called for Henrique Capriles to the CNE, supposed to take place tomorrow in Caracas.

Earlier today, Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Diaz said 7 people died and 61 were wounded by protests. She blamed Capriles for the events. Those numbers have not been independently corroborated. Capriles rejected the accusations through his Twitter account.

There are protests in front of CNE’s offices around the country (except in the capital Caracas). No reports of incidents so far, but military presence is highly visible.

UPDATE: Henrique Capriles will have a new press conference soon. More to follow…

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  1. Dictator behaving like…a dictator. I want to see the opposition call his bluff. This is way too much, you guys have tolerated this clown long enough.

  2. Shit. Just listened to him talking in the link GEHA posted.. He sounds like a f***** nut. I am really really worried things are gonna get bad

    • He sounds worried, cornered and REALLY nuts. Notice how he quavers and just doesn’t sound sure of himself at all? I just hope enough people show up tomorrow in defiance of this bullshit order. That’s how you take your country back.

  3. Without the charisma of Chavez, Chavismo descends (faster than anyone imagined) into the worst sort of brute authoritarianism. The weaker the regime feels, the more authoritarian it will become.

    • Kinda related, international recognition is going to be a complicated issue. Naturally, Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, etc will be on board. There’s pressure in Colombia so that Santos doesn’t recognize Maduro unless a recount/audit is done, but I fear Santos won’t push too hard because he needs Venezuela and Cuba on his sides for the peace talks. I’m not sure how the US would respond, I could see it going either way, the question being how much effort and attention they want to give Venezuela or just keep the status quo.

      • Brazil or Colombia. They don’t want an escalation.

        Maduro is way over his head.

        Maybe Brazil should call Caracas and tell them it would be a great idea to allow a count and de-escalate this thing.

  4. Has Maduro suspended the constitutional guarantees? He obviously needs to show by force what he lacks in charisma and leadership, and if he is in fact feeling cornered, I agree with 513crcMD, things can get very ugly very fast

  5. Day 1 and he’s already playing chicken with half the country? It took Chavez four years to get there. I guess Maduro is efficient at one thing: shitting his pants.

  6. RUMOR: People are saying that they want to arrest Capriles ‘por golpe de estado’. Can anyone verify this???

  7. Hoo Boy!

    This Maduro is really weak!

    I can’t help but think he’s not “consulting” on this.

    I hope someone in the military is able to talk him down from the ledge he just climbed on to.

    I think this will only embolden those who plan to go, and this could head into “Plan Avila” territory if we’re not careful.

  8. Maduro isn’t sure of his own victory. This to me is clear now. If he wanted to deflate the oppo. they’d just do the recount and PROVE his victory.. He’s panicking and it’s obvious. PSUV and CNE knows the results aren’t accurate, and MUD is not blowing smoke

      • What is more beneficial politically? Allowing the recount, proving your victory, and showing the MUD is full of shit? Or make it seem you’re hiding something and trying to suppress demonstrations? It’s painfully obvious that they know something and are hiding it now.

  9. Gustavo/Quico/Juan/Emiliana, help us see the bigger picture
    What do you think the strategy is?
    To take a not so wild guess, I guess CSB is trying to show CNE for its true colors. DeIllegitimaze the judge showing who they really are and with that the result. I truly believe their results from the machine tallys/actas show the oppo as winners by a very small margin and so it only makes sense. But I also think their 3000+ irregularities if after a bigger game. I feel CSB has been vague and has not come out saying “our results with copies of all the actas shows us a winners”. Where’s the ball at?

  10. My measured comment is Rise up and take it to the streets or forever hold your peace. We will never peacefully remove a dictatorship. We should know that after 14 years. I’ll be in Caracas tomorrow!

  11. Maduro’s achievements just being elected:

    – Broke a promise already (we’ll count the votes).
    – Had the biggest cacerolazo according to some people since the 90s.
    – Is going to have a massive rally against him in Caracas tomorrow.

    • I thought his first act was going to be bringing out the six salvadoran assassins for public display. I guess that got put on the back burner.

  12. Maduro is about as unimpressive a “head of state” as possible. Wow. Venezuela has sunk so low to get to this point….I hope it isn’t one of those it will get worse before it gets better deals…

  13. I am many things: a student, a writer, a brother, but most importantly, I am Venezuelan. Being Venezuelan entails a mixture of experiences, misfortunes and privileges that play a fundamental role in developing our unique character. But in order to truly understand where a Venezuelan comes from, you need to know his story. This is why I will now proceed to write a brief account detailing the political reality I have experienced throughout my life.
    My generation has grown in a country of immense wealth, but plagued by corruption, social tension, political polarization, economic uncertainty and rampant crime. To add insult to injury, we have grown up with the stories of our parents and grandparents, which depict the Venezuela of old as a country where people could walk the streets without getting shot, a far, but yet so close reality where the oil boom created one of the best infrastructural development projects the world has ever witnessed, a country preferred by immigrants who sought to escape the miseries of Europe, a country where a common catchphrase used to be “está barato, dame dos” (that is cheap, give me two).
    Unfortunately for Venezuelans, and future generations to come, the cherished relics of the past are nowhere close to resurfacing in our country.
    Throughout my whole life I have never known any other political reality than that of Chavismo. I was 6 years old when Chavez won the presidential elections in 1999, running on a platform against corruption and poverty. Chavez won with almost a landslide victory, boasting a vast number of supporters who believed in his movement. However, slowly but steadily, Chavez deviated from his moderate campaign speech. It was in 2004 that Chavez first announced to the country and to the world that he would embark on a Bolivarian Revolution, a self-proclaimed radical agenda to rid the country of the historical oppression of the bourgeoisie and give power to the working people in the form of Socialism. The far-left rejoiced, for once they were to have the opportunity to rule in Venezuela, something that had never happened ever since the controversial Punto Fijo pact.
    We have to understand that Chavez’s idea of a Bolivarian revolution is not foul, but rather initially a noble claim. Venezuela boasted one of the highest socio-economic inequality coefficients of the region throughout the late XX century. He wanted to reduce this inequality and bring the Venezuelan people together by giving those more unfortunate the tools to overcome themselves in the forms of social programs, agrarian reform and improved education and healthcare. He had every tool at his disposal to build a new Venezuela that would emerge as the regional power it should be. Chavez had the world’s largest proven oil reserves, paired with oil prices at an all-time historic high. Chavez had a majoritarian support of the electorate, complete support from the Armed Forces and most importantly, a clean slate.

    In spite of apparently holding all the variables of the formula needed for development and success, I hold Chavez responsible for what has become of my Venezuela today. I have witnessed with my own eyes how rampant expropriations have led to hunger strikes and suicides, I have witnessed how lawyers have been imprisoned without the right to a fair trial, I have witnessed how police officers try to plant drugs in my car in exchange for bribes, I have witnessed how yes, inequality has been reduced, but only because the middle class is being wiped out, I have witnessed how a country has developed an ingrained social resentfulness promoted by hateful government speech. I have witnessed my government calling on people to hate their brothers, simply because they think differently.
    Additionally, Venezuela has become a country where all the public powers are subjected to the executive power and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. It has become a country where the top commanders of the Armed Forces pledge allegiance to Chavismo despite the condemnation of military political polarization by the Constitution. It has become a country where reforms of the Constitution seem to be carried out at the whim of the Executive, with Chavez having granted himself in the past special law-passing powers that allowed him to create a clause for indefinite re-election.
    Despite how accustomed we grew to his figure, Chavez’s death was officially announced on March 5th, 2013. The Constitution clearly declares that run-off elections have to take place 30 days after a head of state is deemed unfit to carry out his term.
    Enter Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles Radonski. The former candidate is Chavez’s appointed successor, having been chosen by the Comandante himself on his last public appearance in television. Maduro is a bus driver with high school education, with a political background of public transportation syndicalism and workers’ unions. He has held positions of Chancellor and Vice-President throughout Hugo Chavez’s 14-year presidential stint. Capriles is a young politician form an upper-middle class family of Caracas. He is a trained lawyer and has been a Member of Parliament, a mayor of a Caracas municipality and is the current Governor of Miranda (having been re-elected for another term in 2012).
    What followed was a blitzkrieg campaign held by both candidates, Maduro claiming to follow the legacy of Chavez and invoking his figure for support while Capriles continued his efforts to offer Venezuelans an alternative to the economic, political and social reality Chavismo has left in the country.
    Elections were held this past Sunday, April 14th. Despite much name-calling by both candidates, heightened tensions, uncertainty in the voter intention trends, and many denounced irregularities, a verdict was proclaimed. Nicolas Maduro was declared victor over Henrique Capriles with roughly a 1% advantage (roughly 200,000 votes). The National Electoral Council said that these results were irreversible, but later announced that it would be willing to comply with a full audit of the votes.
    Maduro then went on to celebrate his victory surrounded by figures of Chavismo, proceeding to give a speech very similar to that of the late Comandante, even emulating his tone of voice. Immediately after this, Capriles went on to proclaim that he will not recognize the results amidst suspicions of electoral fraud. Capriles has explicitly called the de facto government illegitimate and demands a full audit of the votes. “Peace, peace, peace! He is illegitimate and people know it! I ask you to follow the right path” was the main message directed to his followers by the Opposition leader on Sunday night.
    Ever since Sunday there have been massive reports of how the Armed Forces have explicitly vandalized ballot boxes under the instructions of the government. Regular Venezuelans are taking out to the streets and documenting the reality they face using social media, especially Twitter. Videos and pictures depicting police and military repression, abducted ballot boxes, and both opposition and pro-government violence depicts the Venezuelan reality. More than 15 people have been killed in light of recent developments, in what some have described as the calm before the storm.
    Capriles has called for a massive march on Wednesday towards the National Electoral Council’s headquarters to demand the results of the auditing procedure so that the “true will of the people is respected”. Maduro, despite having accepted the audit process on Sunday, has today vehemently denounced it as un-democratic and has stated that he will not allow for such march to occur. Despite everything, compelling proof demonstrating fraud has yet failed to be presented. The fraud, argues the opposition, will be unmasked when votes are recounted.
    The preservation of Chavismo is not a matter of a struggle between the political right and left. Chavismo in itself is not an ideology. It may have started as one, but has devolved instead into a group of bureaucrats which seek to retain power at all costs protected by superficial claims to democracy and socialism.
    This is a crucial moment for my generation. We will decide what kind of future we want for ourselves, whether it is preserving the status quo or calling for change. I voted for Capriles, and I intend to defend my vote and fight against a government that violates democracy despite claiming the opposite. I will be following very closely the coming days back home, and hope that this tense political panorama reaches a peaceful climax in accordance with the principles of justice, truth and democracy. El pueblo unido jamás será vencido.

    • Thanks for sharing! This should have been a post in it’s own right. 🙂
      And, while I am a bit older than you, I have often felt the same way.

      One question however: who were the “figures of chavismo” celebrating victory with Nikki Maduro? At the speech I only saw his own wife and Chávez’s daughters. And el Potro. No ‘stobulo, no godgiven, no jose vicente, no jaua, no rafyram etc.

      Maduro actually struck me as pretty alone.

      • Thank you for your reply Daniel! Haha I wish it could have been, but the only option I have to get my message across in this website is through the use of the comments section.

        I just reviewed Maduro’s speech and you are right. There is no sight of the usual gang. I feel that my subconscious has betrayed me, given that it has been used to that sight in the past.

        I will make a note of it and correct what I wrote.

    • Danny, I am very impressed by your commitment and hope you and yours are victorious in fighting for a Venezuela that is not held to ransom by a bunch of political ideologues who couldn’t manage a trip to the bathroom, let alone a country as complex as Venezuela.

    • I for one loved that post, as a Venezuelan Born chinese (who cannot get a cedula even though I’ve been to venezuela the last 3 years with all the paperworks, (government either wants my money, or really doesnt want me to vote)) would like to say that I feel exactly the same way.. thanks for sharing this post with us. really should just be a post in caracas chronicles.

      • Nihao pookeye! I wish it could be an article, haha but unfortunately the managers of the blog are a bit authoritative about who can post. I agree, I feel that many people share these thoughts. Thank you for commenting, feel free to share it with your friends if you think it’s worth a read.

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