Government claims victory in Venezuelan Referendum
Only a couple of million voters participated in Venezuelan consultation.
“After 100 days of insults and threats because of the color of our skin, the fate is set: we have a constituent, justice and peace. Let the world learn to respect us: Venezuela wants votes and not bullets. “
The mayor of Caracas and campaign chief, Jorge Rodriguez, drew his best stony smile to announce an electoral victory in which Maduro’s effort managed to pull 2 million people from their homes to cast their votes.
Not surprisingly, the Democratic Unity Table (DU) completely ignored the outcome of a vote that it boycotted by carrying out street blocks, setting barricades and intimidation those suspected of sympathizing with the government.
The most benevolent predictions estimate that electoral participation was way less than the 7.6 million people who signed against the reform of the Magna Carta on 16 July.
“This was an internal election of the Chavismo,” said DU’s Deputy Stalin Gonzalez.
When the night arrived in Caracas and the official figures were unknown, some assured that, with these elections, the “revolution” was advancing by a giant step.
The DU and the inorganic groups protesting on the streets spoke of a forceful and self-inflicted defeat, with empty voting centers.
In the middle of these two perceptions, the dark face of violence began to appear. According to media reports, 13 people were killed until the time this article was written.
Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz, who jumped the official fence and became the government’s public enemy, spoke of seven fatalities. Rodríguez, said that “no deaths related to the elections were recorded.”
The division is so deep that it begins to outline a path of no return. Julio Borges, the president of the National Assembly (NA) and one of the front line leaders of the DU, asked the Armed Forces, who work as a parallel government, to “listen to the silence of the people” and to abandon Nicolás Maduro.
“You cannot talk about peace if there is a massive abstention and a tremendous repression,” added the deputy. Borges said that the constitutional “fiasco” accelerates the events that will inexorably lead to “change of government”.
Borges said that the constitutional “fiasco” accelerates the events that will inexorably lead to “change of government”.
Maduro had two appearances on Sunday. At six in the morning, he wanted to show himself to the Venezuelans as an exemplary voter, but technology had a trick under its sleeve.
“We will check the voting card, so that it is recorded that I came to vote, and my card of the country was marked for life and that I voted on this historic day,” Maduro said, and showed the document that identifies the Citizens as beneficiaries of food bags and other social rights through a QR code.
It was six o’clock in the morning, and the president displayed his card in front of the cameras. Passing through the scanner of the reading device, the most unthinking phrase appeared: “The person does not exist or the license was canceled”.
Maduro did not expect such a predicament. The machine disavowed it and the opposition found in the incident a political gift, evidence that electoral controls were not reliable.
“He who has eyes to see,” he said afterward, convinced that voter turnout had been as forceful as he was enthusiastic.
The streets of Caracas, and not only those of the east, taken by the opposition, were, however, far from showing an unequivocal enthusiasm.
In many popular neighborhoods, there was clear absenteeism and voting numbers did not meet expectations. Dissident sectors of the Chavismo confirmed that reality to locals who have provided information for this article, and whose testimony will be made public in a later article.
“This process lacks legitimacy of origin. The chavismo has been fractured in fact, his leadership deteriorated. We are at a turning point,” said Gustavo Márquez, former Commerce Minister of Hugo Chávez.
Pessimism reigns in Caracas as opposing groups want to appear as mutually exclusive. According to EL PERIODICO from Catalonia, Luis Vicente León, of Datanalisis, believes that, given the current circumstances of complete polarization, “it is impossible” to make a social pact “in which the other party does not participate”.
Leon believes that the DU must prove “if it is true that being a majority, but without arms, organization, resources and without unified leadership, is sufficient to face the radical strike of a government ready to preserve everything.”
There are those who think that this goal is similar to the square of a circle.
The discussion on the numbers of these elections is on an irrelevant plane because the DU did not recognize them. For the opposition, “the real fight” begins on Monday.