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Sunday, August 15, 2004

Referendum Day in Venezuela

Venezuelans are voting today on the referendum to recall President Hugo Chavez. Most indications are that Chavez will survive the recall easily. The question will then be if the wealthy opposition, which controls most of the media and has the backing of the Bush administration (and the Kerry camp as well), will accept the results. It seems very possible that they could resort to violence, another coup attempt as in 2002, or perhaps another work stoppage aimed at destroying Venezuela's economy as they have done a couple of times in the past few years.

The opposition has money, the media, and the CIA. Chavez has the majority of the people, and they are well aware of what the opposition may try.