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Venezuelans Vote

by Stephen Lendman

Expect Bolivarianism to emerge triumphant.

On Sunday, April 14, PSUV's Nicolas Maduro (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) faces opposition Rountable of Democratic Unity (MUD) candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski.  

Most Venezuelans deplore him. They do so for good reason. He represents oligarch power, ties to Washington, and returning Venezuela to its ugly past.

Polls show Maduro way ahead. On average, he leads by 16 points - 53% to 37%. 

On Friday, Latin American expert James Petras told Progressive Radio News Hour listeners to expect a heavy turnout. Maduro should win easily. He'll likely get 55% or more of the vote. 

Perhaps he'll do better than expected. He represents what most Venezuelans support. It showed in Friday's massive turnout. It was the final pre-election rally. 

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Huge crowds packed seven avenues in central Caracas. Shoulder-to-shoulder supporters numbered over two million. Some estimates said three million. 

It was impressive by any standard. It was one of Venezuela's largest ever rallies. It shows Chavismo lives.

Maduro addressed supporters. He paid tribute to Chavez's legacy. He said "imperialism and the decadent and parasitic bourgeoisie" thought Bolivarianism post-Chavez was "over."

It's institutionalized. "What's coming now is that there will be Chavez for a good while yet in the future of this free and independent nation."

"I'll be the president of the poor, the humble, of those in need, of the children."

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He urged supporters to turn out en masse on Sunday. He warned about pre and post-electoral disruptions. "If they try a state coup," he said, "we'll make an even deeper revolution than this one."

"If they try to defeat us with votes, with votes we'll beat them too." Maintain "serenity, peace and trust," he urged. "Be alert" at all times.

He promised to "fulfill the entirety of the (Bolivarian) Plan of the Nation, handwritten by Hugo Chavez." He stressed "focus points."

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