Turnout was strong in Caracas for today’s hastily arranged protest march, though not on the scale of September 1st. Opposition leaders ranging from Henry Ramos to Lilian Tintori and María Corina Machado announced a tough, escalating series of street mobilizations aimed at breaking the institutional impasse set off by the suspension of the recall process.

Tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 27th): The National Assembly will debate Maduro’s “political responsibility” for the crisis. If he is found responsible — a foregone conclusion — the Assembly will vote to declare he has abandoned his post. Henry Ramos and María Corina Machado called on opposition supporters to gather outside the Capitol building tomorrow to safeguard the session from any attempt at repression such as was seen last Sunday. This will be the first opposition rally in Central Caracas in a very long time.

Friday, Oct. 28th: The opposition called for a day-long National Strike (being careful to call it a “huelga” and not a “paro”, to avoid 2002 connotations.

Thursday, November 3rd: Unless the recall process is relaunched, the opposition will march to Miraflores, the Presidential Palace, to notify the president of the Assembly’s decision.

Chúo Torrealba was virtually booed away from the microphone, after his vatiblunder the other day. Details on that to come.

Today’s protests were large and peaceful in Caracas, but not so in other cities. Violence was reported in Apure, Guarico, Sucre and, in particular, Mérida states, with various incidents of intimidation and violence against opposition supporters.

That doesn’t look good.

The next few days will be extremely volatile. Stay tuned.

24 COMMENTS

  1. “The opposition called for a day-long National Strike (being careful to call it a “huelga” and not a “paro”, to avoid 2002 connotations.”

    Chavez is dead, there can’t be “2002 connotations” when the principal actor is no longer present.

    • The key distinction with 2002 is that the regime no longer has the economic capacity to survive a disruption, probably not even a short one, to oil production.

  2. Este lunes si hay marcha a Miraflores lleven sus teclados: si me matan quiero que todos sepan que en mi ultimo tiempo los maldije a todos dentro y fuera de mi computador, y que ahora que finalmente decidieron ir de frente no me quede atras sino que fui un guerrero de teclado dentro y fuera del mundo virtual hasta el final.

  3. Today’s turnout was great, I believe much greater than 9/1’s over-ballyhooed turnout. Jaua’s/et.al. remembrances, fronting the squalid Miraflores paid turnout, of past “revolutionary heroes”, such as JR’s daddy, “massacred” by the IV, were incendiary/pathetic. The Regime continues to spew their gobbledygook that they represent the true “protagonica” etc. popular will, as expressed in the so-called peoples’ “consejos populares “(sic), which they say are superior to real “democracia representativa”–just a continuation of Chavista meaningless Commie horse dung….

  4. Now we are talking, now we are talking.

    Block every major artery in every single city, quit paying your taxes, park your cars wherever you want, make life hell until these guys leave. The people need to show their anger, not their leaders.

  5. The Prensa de Barinas is reporting that teachers are calling a 48 hour national strike. I’ve not seen it reported elsewhere. If the teachers go out and the schools are closed, people will have to stay home from work…

    • That is always the problem with strikes. It is easier to get loafers and derelicts to show up than a parent from a working family.

  6. Let’s see what happens now. I’m not sure the huelga will do much to be honest. People already aren’t working much… I think street mobilizations are more impactful.

    And quico, We want to hear what’s up with Chuo!

  7. People need to lead their leaders, not the other way around. Show the government but mainly your leaders your arrechera so they know that there is no turning back.

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