[Marxism] Venezuela: Analysing election result, while responding to post-election violence

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Tue Apr 16 00:49:07 MDT 2013

n the aftermath of Venezuela's April 14 presidential elections that was won
by the candidate of the Boliviaran revolution, Nicolas Maduro, the
right-wing opposition has refused to respect the result and is carrying out
a campaign of often-violent street protests.

There are reports of offices of the government United Socialist Party of
Venezuela (PSUV) being torched in several places the country, and death
threats and violent attacks against some supporters of the revolution.
Violent opposition supporters tried, but failed, to take over the state TV
channel VTV <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vyEwjcYSxo>.

The government has accused the opposition of plotting a
overturn the government and ignore the vote.

In the days before the vote, the Venezuelan government said it had evidence
the US-funded opposition would refuse to recognise the
results<http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/8575> if
they lost. The government announced two days before the vote it had foiled
a plot to destablise Venezuela <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/8593>,
involving Salvadorean mercenaries.

Emboldened by the close vote (which surprised many given polls had
indicated Maduro was further ahead), opposition candidate Henrique Capriles
refused to recognise the result and demanded a total recount. An electronic
recount reaffirmed Maduro as the victor, but Capriles responded by
continuing to call for opposition protests.

This is despite international observers, such as from the Union of South
American Nations (UNASUR) calling for the outcome to be respected. Many
Latin American governments, including Colombia's, have congratulated Maduro
on his win. Maduro is due to be inaugurated on April 19.

Below, Merida-based Venezuela Analysis <http://www.venezuelanlaysis.com/>
 journalist *Tamara Pearson* looks at the election results and what they
mean. It is reprinted from Venezuela

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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