Skip to comments.Chávez accused of election dirty tricks
Posted on 09/25/2012 2:35:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Shortly after Venezuelan television stations began a live broadcast of a major opposition rally this month, coverage was cut and replaced with images of President Hugo Chávez looking jovial and fatherly as he visited young children at school.
It was one of the populist leaders infamous chain broadcasts, in which all regular programming on public access television and radio is suspended so that he can trumpet the achievements of his Bolivarian revolution, often for hours on end.
...Mr Chávez has been in power for more than 13 years and the opposition sees this years poll due to take place on October 7 as its best chance yet of ousting one of Latin Americas most controversial leaders. Henrique Capriles, the pro-business opposition leader, is Mr Chávezs main rival. Now allegations of government electoral abuses have raised fears about how far will Mr Chávez go to ensure his victory.
......A major opposition gripe is Mr Chávezs almost unlimited access to state oil revenues Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world that allows him to buy votes by investing heavily in his popular social programmes. Central government spending grew by 41.1 per cent in real terms last month. By contrast, Mr Capriles must raise campaign funds privately.
....Adding to the tension are opposition allegations that people fear they will lose their jobs if they fail to vote for Mr Chávez. Many Venezuelans fear their vote will not be secret. The names of signatories of a petition for a 2004 referendum that attempted to unseat Mr Chávez were made public. The signatories were later blacklisted by government ministries.....
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Communist tyrants can only be ousted one way, and it ain’t at the polling booth.
Makes you wonder if he faked the cancer to get re-elected.
The miracle cure also makes Castro's socialist medical system look good.
Win-win for socialism.
Remember that anything is better than what we have right now.
Remember that anything is better than what we have right now
Resurgent Communism in Latin America
by Alex Newman, March 16, 2010:
From the Russian News and Information Agency:
July 27, 2006
"'I am determined to expand relations with Russia,' Chavez, known as an outspoken critic of what he calls the United States' unilateralism, told the Russian leader, adding that his determination stemmed from their shared vision of the global order.":
President Obama and Venezuela dictator Hugo
Chavez at the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad.
Note the "soul bro" handshake. (my caption)
Obama, Chavez shake hands at Americas Summit:
Coming soon to our airwaves....
Pack of lies. Chavez plays fair. I know, Jimmy Carter said so.