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Venezuela: Hundreds of thousands march in support of opposition presidential candidate

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Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski march in Caracas (AFP, Eduardo Mayorca)

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans flooded the streets of Caracas, Venezuela yesterday to show their support for opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles. From the looks of the enthusiastic masses demonstrating their desire to finally end the tyranny and corruption of their current government, it appears that unless the terminal cancer afflicting Hugo Chavez does not get him first, the Venezuelan voters may very well put a welcome end to his dictatorial career.

Then again, we are talking about Hugo Chavez, a thuggish tyrant trained and advised by the epitome of thuggish tyrants, Fidel Castro. Ballot boxes may not be enough to curtail that country's plunge into the dark abyss of communist slavery and despotism.

Via the Miami Herald:

Venezuela opposition floods streets in support of presidential candidate

In an impressive show of force that closed down much of the capital and overflowed the central plaza with supporters, Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, 39, registered his candidacy on Sunday.

As hundreds of thousands of people congregated in downtown Caracas, Capriles vowed to unseat President Hugo Chávez on Oct. 7 and unite a nation that has become increasingly polarized.

“There are not two Venezuelas, there is only one,” Capriles told cheering crowds before he registered with the National Election Council. “Power shouldn’t be used to divide but unite.”

On Monday, Chávez will get to measure his political strength, vowing to flood the city with “a sea” of followers when he registers his candidacy. The event will also give the president an opportunity to dispel rumors and showcase his recovery from an undisclosed form of cancer that has hounded him for almost a year.

Continue reading HERE.

AFP coverage of yesterday's rally HERE.

Reuters coverage HERE.

H/T Maggie P.

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