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Chavez:  ‘There Is No Dictatorship Here’

Posted on Dec 3, 2007
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Both opponents and supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s constitutional reform referendum interpreted the outcome of the vote optimistically.

Hugo Chavez sounded an optimistic note Monday after ending up on the losing end of a vote—by a slim 51 to 49 percent margin—that would have expanded his constitutional powers as Venezuela’s president and instituted changes in federal fund allocation and labor policy, among other proposed developments.

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Opposition activists were ecstatic as the results were announced shortly after midnight—with 88 percent of the vote counted, the trend was declared irreversible by elections council chief Tibisay Lucena.

Some shed tears. Others began chanting: “And now he’s going away!”

Without the overhaul, Chavez will be barred from running again in 2012.

Foes of the reform effort—including Roman Catholic leaders, media freedom groups, human rights groups and prominent business leaders—said it would have granted Chavez unchecked power and imperiled basic rights.

Chavez told reporters at the presidential palace that the outcome of Sunday’s balloting had taught him that “Venezuelan democracy is maturing.” His respect for the verdict, he asserted, proves he is a true democratic leader.

“From this moment on, let’s be calm,” he proposed, asking for no more street violence like the clashes that marred pre-vote protests. “There is no dictatorship here.”

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By Paracelsus, December 5, 2007 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

“He will now have to contend with an emboldened opposition (NYT). Experts say the vote, Chavez’s first electoral defeat in nine years, could further polarize Venezuela’s already divided population. The referendum failed by a razor-thin margin of two percentage points, according to the Electoral Commission. Speaking on a panel at the Council of the Americas on November 30, Michael Penfold, an associate professor at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion in Venezuela, said the country is headed toward a “governability crisis.” Andy Webb-Vidal, a journalist and political-risk analyst, suggested at the same panel that Chavez will continue to do as he pleases, given the enabling law passed earlier this year that allows him to rule by decree.”

I wonder why the CFR is so concerned about the affairs of Venezuela. I wonder what is in the works at David Rockefeller’s little shop of horrors. Could it that a well educated and well fed Venezuela is also an industrializing and advancing nation? The Anglo-American establishment is very fond of population control the hard way via disease and starvation, but it galls them to see a third country reduce its population through increasing prosperity. As the CFR goes so goes God, I mean CIA.

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By RickinSF, December 5, 2007 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

OK all you old-timers, start dusting off your Nicaragua-in-the-80’s playbooks ‘cause the US state dept. smells blood.

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By al vincent, December 4, 2007 at 10:17 pm Link to this comment
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I can´t believe it!

I just can’t believe that all the comments that i have read up to this point show a 20-20 heart-vision being so far away from Venezuela.

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By BadMan, December 4, 2007 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

I enjoy all the unregistered ignorant comments. The lines and spin the media weaves was on overdrive in Venezuela.

But enough about that. There is NO dictatorship in Venezuela. The voters decide. Plain and simple and this illustrates it.

I wish Venezuela peace and prosperity. I hope the US funded racist fascists have learned that violence gets them nowhere.

There is much work that needs to be done. But they are still on the right path. Sure footed as always.

Onward until victory.

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By C Quil, December 4, 2007 at 10:32 am Link to this comment

I kept reading everywhere that Chávez was trying to get himself elected for life as supreme leader. This, of course, was not true. He wanted to be able to serve more than two terms, like Roosevelt did during WWII. Elections would have been held and he could be voted out at any time. It would also have been a hedge against CIA interference in Venezuela’s business.

It’s dangerous to have all your hope in just one person, though. I hope he gets his socialist agenda together soon. The people of Venezuela need it.

Sorry, but I just like the guy, and the people who voted for him do too.

The best indication of Chávez’s character was the picture of him holding a baby while he was giving a speech. The baby was completely relaxed and fast asleep. It was obviously not the first time he had cradled a child in his arms.

Contrast that to the pictures of Bush holding babies at arm’s length as if they were about to explode. Most of them were yelling thier heads off, too.

Babies are very good judges of character.

¡Viva, Chávez y los niños de Venezuela!

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By anonymous, December 4, 2007 at 8:47 am Link to this comment
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Bush has divided the whole world into two camps, America-lovers and America-Haters. But, you’d have to be Bush-lover-stupid to see it that way.

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By measles, December 3, 2007 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

Especially after reading an article last week in which a memo had been discovered outlining the CIA’s plan to disrupt the referendum (see, I have to say I can’t blame Chavez for wanting the term limits removed and not risking having the next election won by a U.S. puppet. The focus on how evil and dictatorial we’re supposed to think Chavez is worries me with how intervention-happy the administration seems to be now. I wish nothing but the best for the people of Venezuela, though saying so probably earns me a spot on some sort of watch list…

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By 1drees, December 3, 2007 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment
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Basically it doesnt really matter what Chavez says or screams. Coz the vedict is that he is not complaint with the Imperial/Zionistic New world order and so no matter what he does, he is out, and no person of the media will let him finish his sentences or concepts, he might as well go to hell and try speaking to GOD there and there he’ll have a better chance coz the Zionists/imprialists will not be there to cut him off or deny his statements with their false statements.

SO basically he’s out of a major IMAGE-MAKING circuit by denying their supremacy and denying their rights over his national treasures and of course he will suffer for it and then hardship will be forced upon his believers too so as to try and mobilize them into harming his plans and harming his rule and harming him.

The sensible ones can easily guess what are the effects for denying the powers-that-be, one recent example is Maneul Noriega, still somewhere in USA in a prison and another is the so-called crazy of Zimbabwe and observe how those people suffer and pay for their stupid beliefs in equality and independence.

Remember from Reuters, AFP to ALL in the US MSM, THEY ALL bow to the same GOD & THAT GOD is FLESH AND BLOOD LIKE YOU & ME.

They paint certain people good and they paint certain people as devious evils, its a matter of portraying the perceptions and the perceptions these world famous “press agencies” convey is as per the need of the power-that-be.

Tomorrow even you could be painted BAD IF THE powers-that-be need that to get something done that is profitable to them.

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By P. T., December 3, 2007 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

Chavez does not steal elections like Bush does.

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By thomas billis, December 3, 2007 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment
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Bravo to Venezuela.They voted for democracy.By the way I am getting sick and tired of Chavez being called in the press anti american.He is anti Bush along with about 70&#xof; Americans.I am not a huge Chavez supporter but something that Americans forget is that when Chavez was first elected there was an illegal coup attempt and our President the champion of democracy recognized the government of the illegal coup.That is what set the stage for Chavez’s animus toward George Bush.Would it ever be possible for us to keep our hands off everybody else’s government?We might actually make some friends on the world.

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