Saturday, June 2, 2007
sabado, 2 junio 2007
The march this saturday was called in the name of 'freedom of speech and against imperialism.' The basic point being that the world is paying such attention to the RCTV fracas because of Venezuela's oil wealth and because Georgie doesn't like him. The banner reads "This isn't about RCTV, it is about our oil." The placard on the side of the truck: "Bush, take your hands off Venezuela!" Many Venezuelans are peeved (to put it mildly) that they are recieving special attention for what has been a constitutional, legal version of what his been carried out 'arbitrarily' throughout Latin America and the world without the moral condemnation of the US and other worthless jackass representatives of global capitalism.
The march started in three different locations, and all coagulated around Avenida Bolívar in front of Parque Central.
...during the speech by Chávez. There are 4 screens showing him speak receeding toward the horizon of the picture...
I have been told by two different sources, and both pro-Chavez, mind you, that this was one of the smaller marches in recent memory AND was over a million people.
Even before this weekend's march was announced as being 'anti-imperialist' the connection between international interests and meddling inthe sovereign affairs of Venezuela and the deepening of the Bolivarian Revolution has been well noted among the population.
This is a wheatpaste of the broadsheet 'contingency plan' published by the Frente Nacional Campesino de Ezekiel Zamora, orignially published in conjunction with the Colectivo Alexis Vive and other grassroots popular defense committes. Its title, Oligarchs Tremble! should be enough to let you know what it entails.
(members of the FNCEZ, rockin' their horses on a hot Caracas Saturday)
(we started with the contingent from Parque del Este, in the solidly Opposition district of Altamira. Over the past week, there have been violent opposition demonstrations here as well as throughout the larger Alcaldía of Chacao. The opposition mayor, Leopoldo Lopez, has publicly refused to do anything about the protests, calling them legal and inevitable. I can't help but recall the actions of Baruta mayor Capriles Radonski's actions during the 2002 coup, when he was among a mob assaulting the Cuban embassey. When asked by the ambassador to do something to guarantee his and his staff's safety, Radonski refused, saying the protestors were peaceful and legal.
He is currently being (re)tried for abuse of public office.