[Marxism] Stockpile in case of Venezuela vote chaos, US says

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 28 17:06:59 MST 2006


In light of Washington's defeat in Ecuador during Sunday's vote,
it's trying to disrupt the elections in Venezuela which are to be
held this coming weekend. They are trying to sow panic among the
population of Venezuela, as this Reuters report documents, though
it doesn't look like they're having much of an impact, at least,
not so far. The Reuters report seems scrupulously objective from
a factual point of view. This is probably one of the first acts
of the new so-called "project manager" which Negroponte has just
announced. 

It's furthermore a very good thing, at present, that there are so
many international observers in Venezuela who can help report on
what takes place in the Bolivarian Republic. Chavez has publicly
announced he will respect the election outcome if he loses, and
has challenged the opposition to make a similar declaration, but
so far, the opposition's response has been a stony silence.

U.S. "project manager" for Cuba and Venezuela announced:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/message/58053


Walter Lippmann, CubaNews
Los Angeles, California
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Stockpile in case of Venezuela vote chaos, US says
28 Nov 2006 15:43:40 GMT
Source: Reuters
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28226158.htm

CARACAS, Venezuela, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The United States warned
people to stockpile food, water and medicine in Venezuela in case a
vote on Sunday sparks public disorder as anti-U.S. President Hugo
Chavez seeks reelection.

In a warning to Americans living in Venezuela, which provides about
12 percent of U.S. oil imports, the U.S. Embassy said on Tuesday it
had no information Venezuela would slip into lawlessness.

But it warned on its Web site
(http://caracas.usembassy.gov/wwwh2848.html) that the measures would
be a sensible precaution in a polarized nation where politics often
stokes violent street protests and strikes.

Chavez says he is running against the United States, which he accuses
of trying to destabilize his government.

The embassy advice, which noted the government's anti-American
sentiment, came as many Venezuelans followed their own time-honored
safeguard of buying candles, canned food and bottled water in case of
any post-vote emergency.

Polls generally show Chavez comfortably winning another six-year term
based on huge backing from the poor majority who have benefited from
his high social spending.

His rival Manuel Rosales has united the opposition but draws his
support mainly from the minority ranks of the upper- and
middle-classes.

Chavez has warned the opposition will cry fraud, mobilize street
protests and try to foment a military revolt. The opposition denies
the charges.

U.S. Embassies worldwide regularly issue warnings to Americans abroad
to take precautions before major political events in volatile
countries.


UPDATED: 16:29, November 28, 2006
Int'l observers to oversee Venezuela's presidential elections
http://english.people.com.cn/200611/28/eng20061128_326007.html

A total of 205 international observers will begin to arrive in
Venezuela on Tuesday to monitor the South American country's
presidential elections scheduled for Dec. 3, the National Electoral
Council said on Monday.

Incumbent President Hugo Chavez, who is running for re-election, is
favored to beat opposition candidate Manuel Rosales.

The observers will inspect the voting stations and supervise the
counting and the process of announcing the voting results.

They will release their conclusions at a press conference after
exchanging views with the National Electoral Council on Dec. 5.

The international groups watching the elections include the European
Union, the Organization of American States and the Common Market of
the South (Mercosur).

About 130 representatives from the European Union have already
arrived in Venezuela. In addition, eight to 10 observers from the
Carter Center will also oversee the elections.

Nearly 16 million voters have registered to vote in the upcoming
elections.

Source: Xinhua





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