The Venezuela people have twice rejected Capriles. Capitalism and poverty have no place in the Bolivarian republic.
The Venezuela people have twice rejected Capriles. Capitalism and poverty have no place in the Bolivarian republic.
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April 12, 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela’s presidential election campaign reached an emotional close yesterday as both candidates made last bid attempts to win over votes.
In the snap election called following Hugo Chavez’s death, on Sunday Venezuelans will choose between the candidate of the Bolivarian revolution, Nicolas Maduro and the candidate of the conservative opposition, Henrique Capriles.
To mark the final day of campaigning, the pro-Chavez movement held a gigantic march in Caracas which turned the seven main avenues of the capital red.
The mass rally repeated the feat achieved by Chavez before his presidential victory last October, with crowd numbers estimated between “hundreds of thousands” and “three million” according to different media sources.
Meanwhile, opposition candidate Henrique Capriles filled twelve blocks of the main avenue in the city of Barquisimeto, in the opposition-controlled state of Lara.
In Caracas, Nicolas Maduro made an emotive speech where he paid tribute to Hugo Chavez’s historical role as leader of the Bolivarian revolution.
He told supporters that “imperialism and the decadent and parasitic bourgeoisie” thought that “the revolution was over” following Chavez’s death on 5 March.
Contesting that claim, Maduro drew a great roar from the crowd, shouting, “What’s coming now is that there will be Chavez for a good while yet in the future of this free and independent nation”.
No but seriously -THIS- is what democracy looks like.
Merida, April 12th 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan security forces have foiled a plot to violently destabilise the country, Vice-president Jorge Arreaza announced this afternoon.
“The Bolivarian National Armed Forces and state security agencies have dismantled a plan that would affect the election or post-election,” Arreaza told Venezuelan media.
He further stated that the plot involved Salvadorian mercenaries who “wanted, but could not, intervene to disrupt the peace of the republic at the last minute”.
The government first announced the presence of two groups of Salvadorian mercenaries operating in Venezuela on April 6.
Internal Affairs and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol warned that the groups were funded by drug trafficking, and have links to far right terrorists including Luis Posada Carriles. Currently living in Miami, Carriles has been convicted in Panama of a number of terrorist attacks, including the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airline that claimed 73 lives.
Arreaza also stated that a group of students have been arrested after attempting to “storm” the Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda Airbase in Caracas. The same group previously tried to enter the National Guard headquarters in Paradise, near the capital, according to Arreaza.
Yesterday, security forces also arrested Colombian paramilitaries operating in Venezuela, interim President Nicolas Maduro announced last night.
In a series of early morning raids, authorities reported finding the paramilitaries in possession of Venezuelan military uniforms, C4 explosives and other military materiel.
Among the confiscated materiel, the Bolivarian Guard seized 50 high capacity assault rifle magazines, Defence Minister Diego Molero Bellavia said today.
Maduro has stated the paramilitaries “came to kill”, and urged Venezuelans to be vigilant, “without falling into provocations” of violence.
Within hours of Maduro’s announcement last night, an employee of the state run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) died in a Caracas hospital from gunshot wounds.
According to VTV, the employee was gunned down outside PDVSA’s La Campina offices, where a number of workers were engaging in a pro-Maduro celebration. VTV reported that witnesses believe the attack was politically motivated.
Mining and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez warned earlier this week that the oil sector is a potential target for destabilising forces.
“We are aware of destabilisation and chaos attempts, and we are committed to maintaining peace and stability,” AVN reported Ramirez as stating on Tuesday.
Today, however, Arreaza praised the work of security forces, stating that a peaceful vote on Sunday is “guaranteed”.
The dichotomy between the perception of North Korea as an oppressive hierarchical dictatorship and South Korea being some web-based utopia that personifies all the things we appreciate in the West is, in the words of Vladimir Nabokov: “The kind of absurd delusion, like when a hypnotized person makes love to a chair”. South Korea is a military dictatorship, and despite brief periods surrounded democratic uprisings that nearly toppled the government in the late 80’s, the leadership there has ruled by crushing and imprisoning opposition, restricting the media, rewriting history to exclude the democracy movements, and devastating the lives of working people (arresting hundreds of Union leaders, and violently putting down labor unrest). Many don’t even realize that until the 90’s there was barely the pretense of democracy in the ROK.
In 2008 the government in the ROK implemented restrictive requirements for real name internet posting. Bloggers that have revealed the incompetency of the regime have been hunted down and prosecuted. Activist/poet/blogger Yang Hyung-ku was arrested for advocating reunification and Juche thought. The government uses a system of citizen policing to find people that expresses sympathy toward the North, and arrests them, this being despite that half of the country in an anonymous poll said that the ROK should assist North Korea in the occasion of a US invasion (from a 2005 poll). Visiting the North also results in years of imprisonment, including most recently activist No Su-hui. The 2MB government (a popular derogatory nickname for Myung-bak Lee) regularly replaced heads of media outlets (like KBS and MBC) with his government cronies, and repressed stories critical of the regime or its policies. Google admitted the government pressured it into deleting footage of ROK government officials -running a brothel-. Historical mentions of movements like Gwangju and Jeju have been eliminated, the government justifying such actions by claiming these uprisings were led by communists.
Mass gatherings have been illegalized as of may 2009, the government supporting this decision said such disruptions could “have negative effects on the nation’s economy”. It has regularly and brutally utilized this policy. All demonstrations relating to the ROK’s partnership with the Japanese are especially off limits, and no demonstrations of any kind are allowed within 300 meters of the Japanese embassy. 2MB also agreed to hand Dokdo island to the Japanese, and hid the decision from the people. If you do not realize the severity of the Korean government collaborating with the Japanese, ask any Korean about for details.
The government has been caught manipulating polls to show that people support their actions. Citizens rights to hold press conferences have been criminalized.
Despite having their first female president, the ROK has one of the lowest levels of female legislators on the planet, 4%. The UN development report in 2000 South Korea ranked 63rd out of 70 in terms of gender equality. Women make barely half of what men make. Only 20% of professors are women, and the majority of these teach in the home economics department. There are an estimated 2 million sex workers in the ROK, and about 80,000 brothels. Sex work accounts for 4% of the economy, more than electricity and gas combined. 83% of South Korean men have had relations with sex workers.
The vast majority of the South Korean people want to see the country reunified (83%), and Pyongyang has been more than willing to meet with the South. A poll conducted in 2005 asked South Koreans who was responsible for the division of the peninsula, the response was the United States (35.3%), followed by Japan (35.2%), and (China 13.4%). Note that the DPRK is not on this list. The ROK has consistently acted against the vast majority of its citizens, and if it had not been propped up by the U.S. it would have fallen long ago. The solution is not to subjugate the other side to the same ruling elite, but to finally allow the people of Korea to reunify on their own terms, as they have been attempting to do since they were divided.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, feel free to add.
[Data is sourced and compiled from Katsiaficas’ “Asia’s Unknown Uprisings: Vol. 1]
“The bourgeois states apply a form of democracy in accord with their class nature. Liberals talk about democracy in the abstract to mask the class character of bourgeois democracy, but Marxists always insist upon the following question: “Democracy for which class?”. If there is democracy for the exploiters, there can be no real democracy for the exploited.”
- 1999 Declaration of the International Communist Seminar
“Crowd control and riot situations pose some of the greatest challenges for police officers and the authorities. They’re outnumbered, they have to keep the peace and ensure civilian safety, and they’re also supposed to apprehend law-breakers using the proper force. A daunting task considering a mob can quickly get out of hand, and authorities may end up reacting with excessive force.
SelectaDNA’s gun aims to relieve some of this pressure on police officers. Instead of having to arrest all suspects on the scene while also maintaining the peace, SelectaDNA’s gun allows officers to ‘tag’ potential targets at the scene to be apprehended at a later, less chaotic time.
The SelectaDNA High Velocity System shoots pellets coded with synthetic DNA, rather than bullets. Upon striking the suspect, the pellets leave a residue that police can then use to identify those who were at the scene. Ultimately, this could lead to tracking down those involved, an arrest, and possible prosecution.
According to SelectaDNA, the DNA solution can remain on a person’s skin for ‘up to two weeks.’ If struck on an article of clothing, the solution will remain after a few washings, but the suspect could very easily throw their clothes away.
The attempt to replace injuring suspects, instead using the SelectaDNA gun to tag them with DNA microdot, seems like a step in the right direction. However, its effectiveness remains to be seen. As mentioned, suspects could easily dispose of their clothing. Additionally, the entire system is based on being able to find the suspects again after the fact. Riot control and follow-up is very important, but the practicality of finding tagged suspects is an issue.
The system comes in either pistol or rifle form, with a range up to 30-40 meters. The pellets come in packs of 14 – all sharing the same DNA code, allowing suspects to be linked to the same event. The company also offers DNA sprays, gels, and a grease.
Does this make you feel safer about crowd control?”
… There are some capitalist countries that question democracy in Cuba. There can be no democracy better than a democracy where the workers, the peasants, the students hold the arms. [applause]
To all the Western countries that question democracy in Cuba, I say: Go ahead and give the arms to the workers, to the peasants, to the students, and let us see if you can start hurling tear gas canisters to put down a strike, or at any organization that struggles for peace [applause], or at students. We would see if these countries could send out the police, covered with shields and all that equipment that makes them look like astronauts. We would see if these countries could attack the masses with dogs every time there is a strike or a peaceful demonstration or a people’s struggle. I think the litmus test for democracy is to arm the people. [applause]
When defense becomes the task of the people and arms become the prerogative of all the people, then there is democracy. Meanwhile, there are specialized police teams and armies to put down the people when the people show discontent over the abuses and injustice of a bourgeois system. It is the same in a Third World country as in a developed capitalist country."
— Fidel Castro on gun control, Jan. 4, 1989 (via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)
— John Reed Ten Days that Shook the World.
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