A great source on what’s going on in Venezuela:
Things are chaotic here, as we recover from the surprise, disappointment, and a bit of hurt from the election results, but also go out in the street to express our support for those results, and to defend the national electoral system, one of the best and most secure voting systems in the world in a country which just loves to vote. We move quickly from sad last night to concerned and determined today, as the caceroles sound around the neighbourhoods and the opposition hangs outside the National Electoral Council (CNE) here in Merida, hundreds of them walking around with rocks and glass bottles in their hands, itching to have something to react to.
Still, as the pan clanging sounds around my neighbourhood and people shout “out! Out!” [referring to the government], making it just a little hard to think, it is important to understand yesterday’s results, as that helps us to understand the situation we’re in now, and plan somewhat for the future.
With the vote count updated this morning; 99.17% of votes counted, we see that 14,961,701 people voted this time, down just 214,552 from October’s presidential elections. That makes it clear that around 630-705,000 voters switched sides from voting for Chavez to voting for Capriles. The Chavista vote went down from 8,191,132 votes last October to 7,559,349 yesterday, and Capriles’ vote went up from 6,591,304 votes last year to 7,296,876 yesterday. Maduro beat Capriles then by 1.77% of the vote- close, although other elections around the world have been much closer.
This is a great article on what actually happened in the Venezuelan election. Just a reminder that all of the shit about fraud and dictatorship is propaganda from people who are not interested in fighting for the poor.
Unfortunately, tumblr likes sensational stories—which is why the other side got so much attention.
Governments lie—the US government lies, the UK government lies, the Israeli government lies—and yes the Venezuelan government lies. It is natural not to trust one’s establishment when one perceives it is not looking out for you.
But Venezuela’s election system is one of the best in the world, no matter what international parties that have a vested interest in seeing neoliberalism spread in Venezuela say.
As an outsider, I obviously respect the concerns of the opposition voters who thought that there was fraud—which is why I’m glad there was a recount.