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.