Archive for November 28th, 2003

International Reafirmazo locations

November 28, 2003

For those abroad here is the link for the location of the international Reafirmazo and here is a story about how the Primero Justicia party plans to make those signatures count too.

Turnout huge, this is very exciting!

November 28, 2003

This is big, really big. This morning when I saw the big lines I thought that they would become smaller as the day went on. The opposite seems to be happening. I have had friends that have been in line for five hours in order to sign. I have been uanble to sign, between taking pictures, working and going from here to there I have not been able to find a place where the line would take me less than an hour. The TV stations are sending a very subliminal message by showing not the lines in the East of Caracas, but those in the barrios, Catia, 23 de Enero, Caricuao, Chavez’ Barina state and many others. The message seems to be mitigating the effect of intimidation and particularly in these areas the lines seem to get bigger and bigger. As we speak, 5:30 PM the lines are still quite large. This morning I went around the city, I only found one polling station that did not have huge lines, I don’t know if they had a problem or not, every single other one had lines at least three blocks long. The locations were no different than what I showed last week for the pro-Chavez petition. The atmosphere is festive, people are honking, driving around with their emergency lights on and in Caricuao there are fireworks before sunset. These are my pictures:



Where I tried to sign in the morning. From left to right the line going around a plazacompleting 360 degrees circle, I gave up after half an hour



Line in Ave. Romulo Gallegos, a lower middle class neighborhoodfrom left to right note the building to get an idea about the length.



End of sequence from previous line.        Only polling station I found with no line in Petare, TV was showing big lines there at noon.

Oscar sends some pictures

November 28, 2003

Page will get heavy as I want to show the images



Huge lines in anti-Chavez area in San Ignacio                        The rain did not stop the people in the East of Caracas



More lines                                                                                   Huge lines in La Carlota

From the wire services: A picture is worth n thousand words

November 28, 2003

 



Line (AP)                                                                 People wore flags (Reuters)



Kid watches the line in Los Caobos (AP)             Lines in Plaza La Candelaria (Schermbeek)             



Old lady bypasses the line (Schermbeek)                        Even the old had to wait (Schermbeek) 



    Chavistas heckle those in line in Carapita    The rain did not stop people (Schermbeek)



                                Flags in many ways (AP)


Lines in El Recreo (AP)                                                         

November 28, 2003

Went around the city taking pictures and checking out the lines. Pretty impressive so far. I tried to sign, but had to give up because it would take too long to do it. Went to the same areas where I took the pictures last week, except in one polling station, the lines were several blocks long everywhere. The lone exception had about ten times more people than the polling station last week that had the most people in the pro-Chvez drive. Very peaceful so far too. Cool!

November 28, 2003

Went around the city taking pictures and checking out the lines. Pretty impressive so far. I tried to sign, but had to give up because it would take too long to do it. Went to the same areas where I took the pictures last week, except in one polling station, the lines were several blocks long everywhere. The lone exception had about ten times more people than the polling station last week that had the most people in the pro-Chvez drive. Very peaceful so far too. Cool!

November 28, 2003

Went around the city taking pictures and checking out the lines. Pretty impressive so far. I tried to sign, but had to give up because it would take too long to do it. Went to the same areas where I took the pictures last week, except in one polling station, the lines were several blocks long everywhere. The lone exception had about ten times more people than the polling station last week that had the most people in the pro-Chvez drive. Very peaceful so far too. Cool!

November 28, 2003

Went around the city taking pictures and checking out the lines. Pretty impressive so far. I tried to sign, but had to give up because it would take too long to do it. Went to the same areas where I took the pictures last week, except in one polling station, the lines were several blocks long everywhere. The lone exception had about ten times more people than the polling station last week that had the most people in the pro-Chvez drive. Very peaceful so far too. Cool!

Long Lines

November 28, 2003

So far, long lines everywhere, nothing like last week. In the barrio Las Minas a poor section of Caracas the lines is a couple of blocks long. Last week there were none.

A world of contrasts

November 28, 2003

It is indeed a world of contrasts when Hugo Chavez can not go vote in the popular neighborhood of “23 de Enero” right next to the Presidential Palace and where he is supposed to have his most hard core popularity, due to security reasons, but President Bush can go and have Thanksgiving dinner in Iraq.

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