How do you celebrate the 59th anniversary of the fall of a dictatorship, while in dictatorship? If you’re MUD, you take a page out of the ole’ opposition-on-autopilot playbook: you half-heartedly call on your disenfranchised electorate to march to CNE offices in Plaza Venezuela and deliver a written petition demanding elections. That will definitely show them we mean business!!

I didn’t attend today’s march because my cat had a vet appointment. But I could’ve easily chosen from any number of other activities that would’ve been a more productive use of my time: arranging the condiments in my fridge by size, binge-watching Saved By the Bell —The New Class reruns, snorting lines of Toddy to see what happens…anything, really.

MUD was nice enough to explicitly lay out its demands in this document, which was reportedly handed to CNE Rector Luis Emilio Rondón at some point during the march. MUD exhorts CNE to…obey the constitution and hold elections. Oh, and also: it exhorts us, the People to fight for our rights to be respected.

Here’s the text in case my paraphrasing wasn’t explicit enough.

Acuerdo Derecho Al Sufragio (Definitivo) by Caracas Chronicles on Scribd

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go and make a GoogleCal reminder to fight for my rights to be respected at some point this week.

Happy 23 de Enero!

 

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