Ignoring what citizens and independent parties have reported, CNE vice-president Sandra Oblitas announced that polling stations remained open for another hour because of the huge amount of people still trying to vote.

What’s actually true is that NGO Foro Penal reported five people murdered on Saturday and eleven yesterday, just one more than the Prosecutor’s Office.

Their most recent reports account for 96 people arrested and once again, Zulia state is on the lead with over 30 detentions.

Civilians

Major Jorge Rodríguez smiled after he heard the amount of murders being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office and after referring to Luisa Ortega Díaz as the future former Prosecutor General. He said:

“There hasn’t been a single death associated with today’s election.”

And added that yesterday was a “song for peace, a song of love for the country.”

Diosdado Cabello started his joyous victory speech with a message for Nicolás, quoting article 349 of the Constitution:

“The president of the Republic will not be able to question the new Constitution.”

That aside, he promised to take over the Federal Legislative Palace, to rule by Constituyente decrees, to hang a picture of el finado and another of their made-up version of Bolívar, and laughed for the start of a counteroffensive phase and an inflection point.

Regarding yesterday’s record turnout, they should’ve mentioned it was more on the low side.

Brass

Defense minister Padrino López said to be proud of the State’s show of strength and of the Constituyente as “the way in which differences are dealt with in a democracy.” Although he regretted the assaults on 200 voting stations and wounded officers, he claimed that no death can be attributed to the Armed Forces, a sign of his professionalism.

Apparently, the only dead that matters is the National Guard killed in La Grita, Táchira state. Interior minister Néstor Reverol said: “We mean that peace triumphed in Venezuela today,” claiming that they’ll investigate yesterday’s events (the massacre) although “they have nothing to do with the electoral process.”

CEOFANB chief Remigio Ceballos claimed that there was a minimum of irregularities that didn’t have an impact on “massive turnout,” referring to “non-linear attacks conducted through social networks” and saying that they’ll continue “advancing toward victory” with the Armed Forces.

A detail: the brass had a lot more screen time than civilians, emphasizing that the only deaths that matter are those of military officers.

They’re the power, they’re chavismo.

America

Peru’s Foreign minister issued a statement in which they announce a meeting of Foreign Ministers scheduled for Tuesday August 8th, to discuss Venezuela’s present situation caused by the Constituyente and its impact on democratic order. So far, the ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Paraguay confirmed their attendance, along with Peru itself.

Most governments agreed to condemn violent repression, the disrespect against people’s will and the National Constitution. Likewise, all of them regret that the regime chose to follow through with yesterday’s election, specially Chile, whose government dedicated several paragraphs to describing Nicolás’ mistakes.

The United States also categorically condemned the ANC election and ratified their intention to take “swift and strong” actions against those behind the fraud.

Lastly, Paraguay’s Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga announced Venezuela’s imminent suspension from Mercosur.

The Old Continent

European Parliament Speaker Antonio Tajani said: “The international community does not acknowledge Maduro’s Constituent Assembly,” adding that it’s a sad day for democracy in Venezuela because, among its many shortcomings, “it goes against people’s will.” Particularly concerned by repression in the last 24 hours, he said that the international community “cannot remain silent before deaths in Venezuela,” pledging his full support for the Venezuelan people and the National Assembly.

Great Britain’s Foreign minister, Sir Alan Duncan, expressed his horror of the violence and said that “urgent negotiation is necessary to solve the crisis.”

Spain’s Foreign minister issued a statement announcing that they won’t acknowledge the ANC or validate any of its judicial acts.

Waiting for Tibisay

Although at 10:00 a.m. she said that “99% and more” of Venezuelans were allegedly voting at the same time, late on Sunday the CNE had yet to announce any results.

I repeat: they’re irrelevant.

The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) said they scarcely managed to mobilize 12% of the voter registry (two and a half million votes,) but that they planned to announce over eight millions. Just remember that the highest amount of votes obtained by el finado during an election was 8,191,132.

MUD announced a Roadblock for today at noon, while and at 5:00 p.m. there will be an event honoring those killed this July 30th. The National Assembly will meet in ordinary session on Tuesday and the March to Caracas is scheduled for Wednesday.

The nerve

CNE chief Tibisay Lucena started the cadena thanking all the men and women who worked tirelessly day and night so that Venezuelans could exercise our sovereignty, admitting that there were some difficulties and threats that they managed to overcome. She claimed that the balance was extremely positive, “because peace won,” as if the 16 people murdered in two days didn’t represent their massacre.

She congratulated the people for their participation, claiming that there were areas such as Mérida (marked by violence) where there were still people voting at 10:00 p.m., although they were actually under a curfew.

Calling this an unusual election, with an “extraordinary turnout, unexpected but announced,” Lucena said that 8,089,320 people voted, which is 41.53% of the electoral registry, 100,000 fewer votes than what el finado got in 2012 and 600,000 more than what Nicolás got in 2013.

Elected constituent representatives?

  • Cilia Flores, Iris Varela, Delcy Rodríguez
  • Francisco Ameliach
  • Diosdado Cabello
  • Carmen Meléndez
  • Darío Vivas
  • Aristóbulo Istúriz
  • Roque Valero
  • Érika Faría

You may fill in the remaining spots with the usual suspects.

They destroyed the electoral system yesterday.

Sanctions coming

The Wall Street Journal was the first outlet to glimpse at potential “swift and strong” economic sanctions that the U.S. could impose against Venezuela for refusing to cancel the Constituyente fraud: “the most likely option (…) is banning the export of refined oil products and lighter crudes to Venezuela.” Another option, the article adds, is barring PDVSA from using the American banking system and their currency.

According to economist Luis Oliveros, this would be like a tsunami: losing half of foreign income (amidst a severe economic crisis and with a colossal deficit,) while the government scrambles to find lighter crudes, additives and derivatives for gasoline production (a new supplier could charge more than the U.S., not to mention freight charges) but on top of this, they’d have to find placement for local oil, no easy task either. Venezuela would lose cash flow (so imports would be savagely undercut); the risk of default would be imminent, credits would grow more ferocious and the black market dollar would honor Buzz Lightyear’s famous motto.

Nobody really knows what’s coming and in spite of this, many of those who were threatened abstained from voting, a tremendous progress, a show of courage.

Yesterday, they finally demolished the Republic with a farse.

They have the guns, we have the reasons. We go on.

18 COMMENTS

    • CNE page is working now, though I haven’t located any posting about those miraculous 8 million votes. (How many times did Robert Serra vote?)

      In Sala de Prensa (Press Room), the most recent notice is from July 30th about extending voting for another hour. (CNE extendió horario de cierre de mesas de votación)
      Resultados Electorales: nothing more recent than 2015.

      Does the lack of posting on those 8 million votes, some 12 hours after the polls closed, indicate that CNE is afraid that to do so would only increase ridiculing of the CNE? But with the CNE already announcing those 8 million, as the saying goes, the horse is already out of the barn.

      • The CNE afraid of ridicule? Cunt Lucena has her head so far up Maduro’ ass that she couldn’t hear ridicule if it was blasted from a megaphone.

        • And, NM has his up RC’s. Meanwhile, last night’s midnight ANC celebration headed by NM was flat at best, accompanied mainly by bodyguards and Colectivo toughs/their molls (no one else would dare be out past 8pm in Caracas’s center), and on stage at NM’s back was nefarious JR, fittingly dressed in black, unsmiling, as his eyes constantly darted toward the crowd as if wondering from where a shot might come; JR is long-overdue for the U.S. sanctions list….

  1. “Nobody really knows what’s coming”

    We create what is coming by taking control of the situation and doing something smart about it.
    First we have to recognize what we are really facing here.
    The streets protest has run its course, it is not working against a fully corrupted military dictatorship.
    It is time to face the unavoidable ugly reality of an armed struggle.
    If you wan to win it, you better prepare and organize.
    Chavizmo has been ready for this since 1999.
    The Opposition has been living in a parallel world.

    • Eso mismo he dicho desde el 2007. Pero sin embargo, a todo el que vaya en contra de los comeflores se les dice guerreros del teclado. Que si negociar, que si dialogo. Lo siento pero el tiempo ha dado la razón, ahora falta esperar 70 años para que caiga como la URSS si es que aparece un gorbachev, Eso es lo que los comeflores no entienden, creen que se puede negociar con un maton pero no es así.

  2. These fuckers are so desperate they’ve got the VTV sports announcers sunshine pumping the “8 million” votes from yesterday. LOL

  3. At least it seems that there will be a lot of female representatives at the constituyente, the fucking millennials (myself included) should get some solace from that, right?

  4. The goal of the Constituyente is not absolute power, because the regime already has that. Nor the regime has anything to fear from further easy to fix elections, or from the ANC. The regime is not doing this to satisfy foreigners – the world saw through this from the beginning.

    The first goal of the Constituyente is to humiliate in the Václav Havel sense. By forcing people to participate in this absurd exercise which solves none of their problem, the regime affirms its own power.

    The second goal is to show the international community the regime is the only game in town. Everyone has their own problems right now. Nobody wants or needs to deal with Venezuela right now. Worse, anyone who does interfere in any way will be blamed for all the mess afterwards, even if the mess wasn’t their fault. Perhaps, the regime hopes, they’ll decide that Venezuela is hopeless, and that it is better to avert one’s eyes and have nothing to do with it.

    The last true goal of the Constituyente is to distract from the regime’s actual plan. The regime can in fact be economically sustainable – if imports are even further reduced. They can be; if the number of Venezuelans is reduced appropriately. To the regime, the majority of the people have become dead weight. The starvation program continues unabated.

    • This ⬆️.. I’ve posted a couple times that “the MUD es un plasta de mierde de ratas”. Negotiating the lives of millions for their own political future.. this allowed the vote. Now what? 100’000’s mas leaving the country = less resistincensia.. cubazuela. Capariles was glad to have LL in ramos verde), Falcon, Rosales, etc. all are shit

  5. The outcome of this “election” was not a surprise. Totally rigged from A to Z. The strategy is to tire the people, to give them a constant feeling of despair.

    When continued, most of us will either leave the system or bow to it. The feeling of despair is something most of us are feeling right now. Despite all the efforts it is status quo with a grim outlook for the future.

    What we are learning is that change will be a hard fight. That we need to continue, even if it is not for us but for our children. That we probably will enter a period of guerilla and that “v for vendetta” is child’s play when compared to what we are up against. I just hope that we have the power to continue.

    • Desperation and having been the target of a completely BASELESS hatred during two decades empowers a lot of people these days.

      The hatred of chavismo for the middle class will be another nail in their coffin.

  6. Funny….whats next??…..they own all the keys to all doors and locks to all gonernment function…all.
    Now they have the keys to all Venezuelan Citizens Homes ..they do not need a key….is just time before there standing in them…

  7. All this doom and gloom when what really went down yesterday was a complete debacle for the government???

    If 8 million really voted for the prostituyente, then we would have something to worry about. Now everybody in the world knows this government is a complete fraud.

    Remember, right now we need people calling out this government for what it is and resisting this regime by any means necessary, not crawling back into their shells.

    This is what Diosdado and crew want you to do: crawl back into your shells and be servile little pukes. When you go down that path, you are just a spiritual vampire for the people actually fighting this out on the ground. These guys are really a house of cards financially and cannot last. Tough it out and resist by any means necessary.

    BTW if hard sanctions go through, it will be just a matter of time.before their collapse. CNN International just said most people interviewed are in favor of the sanctions. Hope Marco Rubio will come through with hard sanctions.

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