Archive for August 11th, 2004

Revolutionary thought of the day

August 11, 2004

Reporter and Chavez supporter Mari Pili Hernandez: “the Venezuelan revolutionary process has suffered from what all great revolutions have had, including the French one, people still have not realized it happened”. She added that only in twenty or thirty years will Venezuelans be aware of it.


Umm, Did Marie Anoniette’s head take that long to roll down? Or did the burning of the castles take that long? The monarchy was overthrown overnight…What is Mari Pili talking about? I love these revolutionaries geniuses, and she is among the smarter ones!

CNE approves regulations for the use of fingerprint machines

August 11, 2004

The Electoral Board (CNE) has just approved a resolution on the use of the fingerprint machines on Sunday. If the person’s data and fingerprint can not be obtained in less than one minute and the machine give the go ahead, the person will be able to proceed and the comparison to all of the previous voters will be done afterwards. Thus, it sounds like the machines will be use to capture fingerprints but not much more as in practice runs it took more than one minute per person. The one minute limit is based on the fact that there are 20,000 machines and 9,000,000 to 11,000,000 people. This gives between 450 to 550 persons per machine, if each person takes one minute, then we are talking about 7.5 hours to 9.1 hours per machine. If it took longer it would essentially be impossible to complete the election in one day of voting and have everyone vote.

Security Zone concept revived by the Minister of Defense

August 11, 2004

And now the Minister of Defense says the opposition has not received a permit to have tomorrow’s rally/march near the La Carlota military airport. The opposition has requested permits from the Mayors of Caracas, Baruta and Chacao where the marches will take place, but the Minister is reviving the concept of security zones, which has not been applied to any Government or opposition marches or activities in the last two years. (Last week’s Chavista march parked buses in at least two such “security” zones). In fact, none of the pro-Chavez marches that went by the Autopista del Este and La Carlota airport have been required such a permit. I wonder what our illustrious Minister plans to do about this? Bring the National Guard and use tear gas like they did on December 3d. 2001? Violate our rights like they did then? Obviously not, the Si campaign would get a huge boost from it and there are too many international reporters in Caracas right now. Come on Minister Garcia Carneiro, make our day!

Security Zone concept revived by the Minister of Defense

August 11, 2004

And now the Minister of Defense says the opposition has not received a permit to have tomorrow’s rally/march near the La Carlota military airport. The opposition has requested permits from the Mayors of Caracas, Baruta and Chacao where the marches will take place, but the Minister is reviving the concept of security zones, which has not been applied to any Government or opposition marches or activities in the last two years. (Last week’s Chavista march parked buses in at least two such “security” zones). In fact, none of the pro-Chavez marches that went by the Autopista del Este and La Carlota airport have been required such a permit. I wonder what our illustrious Minister plans to do about this? Bring the National Guard and use tear gas like they did on December 3d. 2001? Violate our rights like they did then? Obviously not, the Si campaign would get a huge boost from it and there are too many international reporters in Caracas right now. Come on Minister Garcia Carneiro, make our day!

To a Voter by Javier Brassesco

August 11, 2004

I thought I would translate this letter to a voter by Javier Brassesco that appeared in today’s El Universal, we all have such lists and reasons, here is one of them:


To a Voter by Javier Brassesco


 


Has your purchasing power improved in the last five and a half years? Do you think there is more prosperity, more employment, more wealth, and more possibilities of improvement? Do you think that people that want to leave the country are more or less than five years ago? Are there more factories open that some years ago? Are there more street peddlers or less? Is your city cleaner than five years ago? Has the number of people asking for money at street corners, sleeping in the streets, rummaging in the garbage, increased or decreased? Did you use to see kids juggling in streetlights before? Do you feel safer when you used to at night? Do you think that living with your neighbors, family, and friends is more harmonious than before? Are you less edgy or more edgy? Does politics have something to do with that? Do you think corruption has decreased? Do you think the oil windfall of the last five years, unprecedented in the country, has been used effectively? Do you think that five and a half years, one hundred and twenty billion dollars per year are a reasonable time and amount so that a Government only begins to pave streets only just when an election is approaching? Is it legal for a regime to use the money it receives from all Venezuelans to launch a campaign in its favor and cover up all of the streets and walls of the country with poster promoting the “No” vote? Do you know how much each poster costs? How about each one of those TV ads and each one of those paid ads?  Or do you believe they are getting that money form the raffle tickets at Bs.1,000 per ticket? Does the President have the morals to speak about “powerful enemies” and with a lot of money? Who in this oil producing country has more money than the Government itself? Who has less scruples when it comes time to waste money? Do you think it is correct, do you believe it is the most natural thing in the world to order all TV channels broadcast the celebration of your birthday? How big an ego does someone need to be capable of doing that? What does he have in his head? Do you agree when he presents the Government’s TV channel as an example of objective reporting? Did you know that that TV station is not private, nor does it belong to whoever is in power, but that we all pay for it? Do you trust the people that surround the President? What do you think about Jose Vicente Rangel? Does Diosdado Cabello have merits to be where he is? And Jesse Chacon? Have you ever heard of Lucas Rincon? Would you buy a used car from Juan Barreto? Have you seen a debate in the National Assembly? Do you think it has given dignity to the profession of being a Deputy? Does the President have more or less power than before? Is this a moment for apathy to say: “Neither these, nor the others, all are bad”? Isn’t it something normal in a democracy to elect between two alternatives that do not fulfill us completely? Have you ever thought that sometimes to elect, you also need courage?

More violence today

August 11, 2004

More violence today, as Chavista thugs blocked opposition supporters from setting up a stand in Bolivar Square in dowtown Caracas. A foreign press photogarpher was taking pictures of the attack and some of the Chavistas with hoods on starting punching him and took him away, kidnapping him. He was later found nearby. he is injured and has been taken to a Hospital. There was also an attack on Globovision reporters near the building that houses the Vice-President’s office.. After the attacks, Chavez ,who has not been seen since Sunday, and did not participate in scheduled campaign events, has invited foreign reporters to a press conference tomorrow. (No Venezuelan ones invited). Below the photographer as he was attacked and taken away.



Note added: While the Venezuelan press keeps saying that the photographer was a foreign reporter, Spanish newspaper El Mundo says he was a tourist that was thinking of sending the pictures to a newspaper in Catalunya.

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