Archive for March 1st, 2004

The absurdity of it all

March 1, 2004


 


The recent proposal by the CNE to have people go and confirm that they signed the first time, if the first time they signed a form of those so-called “planas”, where all of the lines with the data had the same calligraphy, is simply absurd.


 


Think about it, your signature is being questioned because you did not fill out the data yourself, i.e. your name, national ID number and birthdate, but it was filled in by the person at the booth or the itinerant signature collector. This was not even considered in the regulations as a violation, it clearly said only the signature had to be in your handwriting.


 


The aberrant and absurd solution being proposed: People whose signature is under observation will have to go back and sign and also stamp their fingerprint, BUT THEY WILL NOT HAVE TO FILL OUT THEIR DATA THIS TIME EITHER. The data will be there already in a booklet printed and filled out by a computer. So, what is the legal point? Isn’t this even more susceptible to fraud than before? Why are these signatures legal and the others are not? What is the issue?


 


Doesn’t this prove that the whole thing is simply an absurd trick contrived to the stop the recall referendum?

The absurdity of it all

March 1, 2004


 


The recent proposal by the CNE to have people go and confirm that they signed the first time, if the first time they signed a form of those so-called “planas”, where all of the lines with the data had the same calligraphy, is simply absurd.


 


Think about it, your signature is being questioned because you did not fill out the data yourself, i.e. your name, national ID number and birthdate, but it was filled in by the person at the booth or the itinerant signature collector. This was not even considered in the regulations as a violation, it clearly said only the signature had to be in your handwriting.


 


The aberrant and absurd solution being proposed: People whose signature is under observation will have to go back and sign and also stamp their fingerprint, BUT THEY WILL NOT HAVE TO FILL OUT THEIR DATA THIS TIME EITHER. The data will be there already in a booklet printed and filled out by a computer. So, what is the legal point? Isn’t this even more susceptible to fraud than before? Why are these signatures legal and the others are not? What is the issue?


 


Doesn’t this prove that the whole thing is simply an absurd trick contrived to the stop the recall referendum?

On a more happy tone: Venezuelan bloggers meet up

March 1, 2004


 


With the intensity of the last few days I have not had the time to write about the party I went to Saturday night with a whole bunch of Venezuelan bloggers. This was the third meet up of local bloggers, but I was not able to be present at the other two. It was incredibly nice to meet so many people I have read, but not met. At the risk of forgetting someone, I will use my memory to recall all of the people I met in no order in particular. First, I will mention Gaby, there has to be something cool about going to a party where we all have something in common and Gaby is the youngest (17?) and I am the oldest at almost triple her age (xx). There was of course Fran the host and birthday boy, whom I had met in early January together with others present once again like Novato, Saturno and the host in virtual space of most of these blogs Hugo. (Saturno’s sister Ximena was there, she reads blogs and I now know exactly who she is!). New people there were Dreamer in Pain, Inita e Infelix, Catherina, Magoo, Aspivina, Fran’s girlfriend Amigaluna was there and later Chirimeno arrived, he can spin a story as well live as in his blog. Finally El Especialista showed up and got the karaoke going, I had to leave soon afterwards. It was also very cool to have Sikanda participate in the party remotely from Germany. I am sure I am forgetting someone, hope I am not mixing people up; at least my age justifies the oversight. I am sorry if I did, meeting you all proves why one should have all the faith in the world in this country and its people. People like these need to have all their dreams and all their potential fully developed.

Big brother makes us laugh!

March 1, 2004

What a laugh! All TV stations showing and ad in “cadena” which means it is obligatory to show about the success of last week’s G-15 meeting, saying it was just not another meeting but real progress was achieved about how countries can develope. Of course, there was a little clip from Chavez telling us about the evils of neoliberalism and pictures of him with the Presidents that came, including Lula, who left in disgust and Mugabe, who felt right at home with the repression outside.  What clowns!

CNE postpones for one more day announcement

March 1, 2004

CNE just announced an additional day for the other side to propose a solution for the confrontation of those that did sign. CNE Director Jorge Rodriguez says Carter Center has played a role facilitating during the afternoon the dialogue between the various sides in the dispute. He avoided touching on what is being discussed but the said the confirmation process for the signatures can be improved or be perfected.

TV says real bullets being used now

March 1, 2004

Everyone is on the ground in Plaza Altamira as the National Guard, according to TV stations is shooting real bullets from all directions.

CD says seventy..one hundred..one hundred and thirty..political prisoners

March 1, 2004

Luis Manuel Esculpi of the Coordinadora Democratica is saying there are 70 political prisoners taken in Caracas and 30 more in Anzoategui state. The count comes from that of the lawyers assisting the Coordinadora. He said that the Coordinadora will not make any announcement until after the CNE makes the expected announcemnet tonight. Add to this eighteen from Barquisimeto and twelve in Maracaibo.

More protests, violence escalating

March 1, 2004

Right now images of Altamira Square appear to be something like what you see on TV from the Gaza strip. Before, the tanks would advance a little to push people back. Now, tanks from the military police advance all the way up to the square going by residential areas that are now full of smoke and tear gas. The people don’t budge, the crowd is growing, so is the violence and the threat of violence.


In Caricuao, extreme West of Caracas, people protest and the National Guard uses tear gas on them. This is part of the well-behaved citizens explicitly mentioned by the Minister of Defense in his speech today were not koining the protest.  Will add pictures when possible taken from TV.

Update with concerns and parodies

March 1, 2004

 


Concern: There continue to be reports of people being jailed without explanation, taken to military facilities and denied access to lawyers. The two bodyguards of a Mayor jailed on Friday have even been taken to a jail for common criminals, I get lists of people “missing”, taken and not released. I only know myself one person who was taken away last night from Altamira square and had a gun on himself. He was taken to a military fort and turned over to a civilian Court today.


 


Concern and Parody: The Government continues to report that only in certain areas of the country or city, where the upper classes live, are the protests taking place. However, not only did the Mayor of Caracas (pro-Chavez) contradict the Minister of Defense on this, but I am getting reports of protests and tear gas in Petare, Catia, La Silsa and Horizonte, not exactly upper class enclaves. (Right now in Petare the municipal police and the Disip (political police) are using tear gas on the crowd.


 


Parody: The Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. held a press conference in Washington where he said that what Chavez said yesterday about Bush and cutting off oil supplies to the U.S. was “only” meant to be a message to Venezuelans and not meant to be a real threat.  The Ambassador said that he would send a note to the U.S. State Department explaining this.


 


This just in: The radio reports that the Valle-Coche highway was closed down and Bolivarian Circles came down to open it and were repelled by protesters.


 


Ave. Fuerzas Armadas was shutdown, the National Guard came and were “bombed” with glass water bottles from a building without lights.

Update with concerns and parodies

March 1, 2004

 


Concern: There continue to be reports of people being jailed without explanation, taken to military facilities and denied access to lawyers. The two bodyguards of a Mayor jailed on Friday have even been taken to a jail for common criminals, I get lists of people “missing”, taken and not released. I only know myself one person who was taken away last night from Altamira square and had a gun on himself. He was taken to a military fort and turned over to a civilian Court today.


 


Concern and Parody: The Government continues to report that only in certain areas of the country or city, where the upper classes live, are the protests taking place. However, not only did the Mayor of Caracas (pro-Chavez) contradict the Minister of Defense on this, but I am getting reports of protests and tear gas in Petare, Catia, La Silsa and Horizonte, not exactly upper class enclaves. (Right now in Petare the municipal police and the Disip (political police) are using tear gas on the crowd.


 


Parody: The Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. held a press conference in Washington where he said that what Chavez said yesterday about Bush and cutting off oil supplies to the U.S. was “only” meant to be a message to Venezuelans and not meant to be a real threat.  The Ambassador said that he would send a note to the U.S. State Department explaining this.


 


This just in: The radio reports that the Valle-Coche highway was closed down and Bolivarian Circles came down to open it and were repelled by protesters.


 


Ave. Fuerzas Armadas was shutdown, the National Guard came and were “bombed” with glass water bottles from a building without lights.

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