18 thoughts on “The Last Hoorah?”

  1. Unfortunately, I think this will probably be one of the last times we’ll see the opposition so freely opposing.
    Val ahora es que la oposicion nace y se fortalece after the 3rd of December in Venezuela . If we are going to be this pessimistic we might as well forget about Cuba’s struggle.. I do not see anyone protesting on Cuba streets like they do in Venezuela..

  2. Hopefully not! The Venezuelan students have done an admirable job of rallying freedom loving Venezuelans and I think they will end up winning their fight against Chavez. If the NO wins on Sunday, whether chavez recognizes it or not, it will be the beginning of the end for chavez.

  3. If the NO wins on Sunday, whether chavez recognizes it or not, it will be the beginning of the end for chavez.
    los estudiantes estan decididos… Correra la sangre..OF COURSE… pasa lo que pase el dia 3 the struggle is just beginning…
    atentos a globovision before they close it down, after that we will know shit

  4. I’m pretty sure Chavez would not be pushing so hard for a vote if he wasn’t absolutely sure of the outcome (regardless of how people actually vote). The game is rigged, so he figures he can’t lose, and once he’s got a supposedly “Yes” vote to show for himself, he’s “legitimate.” If you don’t believe me, ask Jimmy Carter.

  5. I sincerely hope that Sunday’s “NO” vote so rediculously out numbers the “Yes” vote, that there won’t be a way to fake the numbers or cheat on the part of Chavez.

  6. The fight for freedom and liberty is NEVER too late!

    This is not the ‘end’ for the fight of Venezuelan liberty, in fact, it is the ‘beginning of the biginning’ in this fight. The students have galvanized the freedom-loving Venezuelans by drawing a line-in-the-sand marker from which they will not be pushed back any further!

    This struggle in Venezuela will now be facing a fork-in-the-rod on Dec 2. At that point, we will know whether the fight to maintain liberty will be possible through the non-violent exercise of a democratic process, or the armed struggle to defend and re-capture that liberty.

  7. I would like to be hopeful about Sunday’s outcome, but alas, I cannot. We saw these same crowds during election time and chavez won big. This time the fraud and intimidation machines will be working overtime to get the desired results. Unfortunately, I don’t see anything changing and the Venezuelans are slowly voting themselves to a commie future.

  8. “Unfortunately, I don’t see anything changing and the Venezuelans are slowly voting themselves to a commie future.”
    Again another pessimistic…Cmon man smell the coffee

  9. How can anyone be optimistic, Abajo? That monkey controls everything – esp. the polling booth. When you vote no, the ballot says yes. If you live in Caracas and have been canvassed to vote for the opposition, your polling place is miles away. The game is rigged. I hate to say it, and I hope I’m dead wrong, but until blood runs in the streets of Caracas and Havana, nothing is going to change. The only hope is that chavez will make a major mistake that will bring him down – he’s not as smart or crafty as his amo, fidel.

  10. The news agencies, with all their polls, are ignoring a huge voting bloc that will no doubt vote with chavez on this. I am talking about all the Colombian peasants that FARC provides chavez to vote illegally along the border towns in Venezuela. They were a huge help in the last presidential elections.
    Then again, since chavez owns the voting machines, it would be easier for him to cross the buttons and make every ‘yes’ vote a ‘no,’ and every ‘no’ vote a ‘yes.’ That way, the overwhelming numbers that will probably vote ‘no’ will look like ‘yes’ votes.
    Naturally, everyone will suspect foul play, but peanut farmer Jimmy Carter will swoop in on his G5 jet to certify the vote and the rest, as we Cubans have learned a golpes y palos, is history.

  11. Alberto mira esto
    Acosta Chirinos sostuvo que las Fuerzas Armadas venezolanas “no tienen vocación golpista”, pero aclaró que “fueron creadas para defender y preservar los intereses de la Nación y no de un grupo”.
    Por esa razón, y pese a que los militares “defienden la paz y no quieren una guerra entre hermanos”, el ex teniente coronel dijo que ahora “no se puede decir que no se tomarán las armas en el momento en que sea necesario”.
    También afirmó que si la reforma es aprobada en el referendo “será con fraude” y vaticinó que, si eso sucede, “el proceso de violencia (en Venezuela) se va a acelerar” y los opositores “irán a la calle a protestar”.

  12. Abajo is completely right. It does not – should not – end on Dec 3rd, just like it did not end on Jan 1, 1959.

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