Archive for June 6th, 2004

Officialist March

June 6, 2004

Today there was an officialist march. Lots of people, that’s the first leg in the chavista strategy. Make the opposition think they have support, make people doubt that the people in the ill defined “western part” of Caracas or the barrios. No dice. I, for one, don’t believe it for a minute. It’s simply too easy to use government money and resources to give speeches, pay for ads, and prepare a very expensive campaign. It won’t fly. The government has been too inefficient, too corrupt. Even guys with red beret and “Che” Guevara T-Shirts will go to the poll centers the day of the referendum and vote against Chavez. Not because they hate him personally (see the illuminating Notes for an effective Recall campaign at CC) but because they hate most of what surrounds him.

- YFGB

Broken Maria

June 6, 2004

On the 4th of June the Direction for Historical Patrimony from the Mayorship of Libertador County in Caracas announced with great fanfare that the restoration of the Maria Lionza statue (in the middle of the freeway near the Universidad Central), had culminated successfully. The next day the statue broke down. Huge incompetence or “a plot from a fascist opposition to make the government look bad”?

- YFGB

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