Girish Gupta

HOME

PHOTOS

VENEZUELA ECON

ONLINE

Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
LinkedIn
AngelList
Keybase
GitHub
IFTTT

BY COUNTRY

Afghanistan
Brazil
Colombia
Cuba
Ecuador
Egypt
Guyana
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Mexico
United Kingdom
Venezuela

BY MEDIUM

Text
Photo
Radio
TV/Video

BY PUBLISHER

Al Jazeera
BBC
BuzzFeed
CBC
Christian Science Monitor
CNN
Daily Mail
Data Driven Journalism (EJC)
Datum
Ecologist
Economist Intelligence Unit
Emerging Markets
Financial Times
Foreign Policy
France 24
Fusion
GlobalPost
Guardian
Independent
La Prensa (Panama)
LatinFinance
Mancunion
Monocle
National (Abu Dhabi)
New Internationalist
New Statesman
New York Times
New Yorker
NPR
PBS
PRI
Radio France Internationale
Reuters
RTE
Sky News
Sun
Sunday Times
Telegraph
TIME
Times of London
USA Today
Vice
WLRN

ABOUT

About
CV
Contact (PGP Key)


Opposition shootings cast a shadow on election
Sept. 30, 2012 — Caracas, Venezuela

Published by GlobalPost

The killing of three opposition activists have overshadowed the final weekend of campaigning before Venezuela’s presidential election next Sunday, the toughest yet for incumbent Hugo Chavez.

Living in a country with one of the world’s highest murder rates coupled with intense political fervor, Venezuelans were little shocked by the deaths of the activists campaigning for the candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, Chavez’s only rival on the ballot.

“We’re going to defeat violence in Venezuela,” Capriles said Sunday as hundreds of thousands of supporters converged on one of Caracas’ main avenues in his biggest campaign rally yet. He added that the deaths should “never have happened.”

The shootings took place Saturday in Barinas, Chavez’s home state. The gunmen are reported by eyewitnesses to have fired from a van belonging to PDVSA, the state oil company, that was blocking the opposition motorcade.

Justice Minister Tarek El Aissami described the event as an “isolated incident.” However, it is not the first time Chavez supporters have been seen attempting to thwart an opposition campaign event and Capriles has in the past pointed the finger directly at the president.

Two weeks ago, after men hurled stones and set a vehicle on fire in the traditionally pro-Chavez town of Puerto Cabello, Capriles said, “These acts are not spontaneous, there is someone responsible ... It is [Chavez], and I say this directly: It is you who wants this scenario, you who wants to spread fear, you who wants Venezuelans to continue fighting each other.”

Those words were surprisingly sharp for a candidate who is courting traditional Chavez supporters, something he is succeeding at even in the poorer slums of the country.

Both candidates are campaigning hard with just a week to go until the vote deciding whether to continue or end Chavez’s 13-year rule.

At a government march in Guarenas Saturday, Chavez asked a sea of red-clad supporters keep calm and not take to the streets should he lose the election. Many in the crowd were drinking and at least one showed off a gun.

The atmosphere was calmer on Sunday in Caracas as Capriles supporters took to the streets of the capital. “The violence yesterday paints a picture of what is happening in this country,” said Luis Array, a 23-year-old student, referring to the country’s terrible crime record.

Aura Alleno, a 49-year-old dressed in a hat and T-shirt with the Capriles campaign slogan “Hay Un Camino” (There is a way), said she worried like many present Sunday that Chavez would not go quietly if defeated.

“Chavez will fight if he doesn’t win,” she said. "We will fight through our vote."

Filed from
Caracas, Venezuela






More...

Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering
Jan. 16, 2018


Inflationary math
Dec. 12, 2017


Venezuela money supply up 14 percent in one week, fastest rise on record
Dec. 1, 2017


How a defrocked judge became the chief enforcer for Maduro's Venezuela
Nov. 15, 2017


De cómo un juez destituido se convirtió en el principal artífice judicial del presidente de Venezuela
Nov. 15, 2017


The 'Venezuela Econ' app: Harnessing data to understand a spectacular economic meltdown
Nov. 6, 2017


Venezuela's monthly inflation rises to 34 percent: National Assembly
Sept. 7, 2017


Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor says she fears for her life, will keep fighting
Aug. 10, 2017


Venezuela quells attack on military base, two killed
Aug. 6, 2017


Exclusive: Venezuelan vote data casts doubt on turnout at Sunday poll
Aug. 2, 2017


All eyes on Venezuela military after protests, vote
Aug. 1, 2017


U.S. 'sweetheart' of Venezuela sees worrying signs of authoritarianism
Jul. 29, 2017


Venezuela money supply surges 10 percent in one week, fastest in 25 years
Jul. 29, 2017


Exclusive: At least 123 Venezuelan soldiers detained since protests - documents
Jul. 6, 2017


Venezuela hikes minimum wage 50 percent, effectively down 17 percent
Jul. 2, 2017








© Girish Gupta