Today, there were two marches, both with lots of people. The opposition march was silent, to pay respect to the dead yesterday. The only singing was the national anthem and some religious chants at the end where a religious service was held. The Government march was festive. While the country falls apart, the Vice-President and his partisans, instead of being at the negotaiting table, where they should be, were at their march accusing the opposition of staging the killings last night. (As predicted here)
Meanwhile, the oil industry has come to a standstill, while Hugo Chavez talks about restructuring its Board. I don’t see what the Board is going to do without the workers. To make matters even worse, one of the people shot dead yesterday in Plaza Altamira, was an employee of the oil industry.
National Airlines, the docks and shipping have all now joined the strike. The banking system might be closed on Monday too, because armored truck companies have now stopped working. The government has retaken the tanker Pilin Leon, but it has yet to move, and what would be the point anyway given that the docks are closed?
National Guard units which were ordered to occupy the headquarters of a private gasoline transportation company have refused to obey orders. Clearly, there are deep problems, the Government does not want to sit down and negotiate. which implies it wants to confront, as usual, because it has the power to win, or thinks it does. The next two or three days should be decisive.
Two pictures below, one of the opposition march (obviously) and a huge balloon that says :”Elections Now”.