Venezuela President-Elect Warns Opposition Protests Are A Death Wish

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President-elect Nicolas Maduro has stern words for his opposition, Henrique Capriles, who lost by an apparent 1.8% of the vote (the closest margin in 45 years) and is demanding a recount. Capriles is urging his supporters to take to the street tomorrow to push for the recount, but Maduro warned doing so is a "death wish," as Bloomberg reports, he added, "going to downtown Caracas will fill it with blood and death." With little to lose in this zero-sum game, the protests have already turned deadly with 61 injured and 7 dead. The government's refusal to complete the recount is polarizing the country, "if supporters lose faith in formal politics, the violence will become unpredictable." The images and clips below suggest things are escalating rapidly as Maduro has called the election a choice between capitalism and socialism warning Spanish corporations such as Repsol that they could face 'exemplary action' from his government. The violence of the 2002 coup against Chavez is fresh in people's mind, but today's situation is far more worrisome since the relative legitimacy of Maduro is less clear.






Via Bloomberg,



Maduro, who was proclaimed the winner by the electoral council yesterday, said he’ll come down with a “hard hand” to prevent violence.


Henrique Capriles Radonski, who lost by 1.8 percentage points, urged supporters to take to the streets with him tomorrow to press the electoral council in Caracas to manually recount all ballots.


You won’t go to downtown Caracas to fill it with blood and death,” Maduro, 50, said today in comments broadcast on state television. “This is a chronicle of a coup foretold.”


The closest margin of victory in 45 years may lead to an environment of distrust and institutional collapse,




Maduro, who had 50.8 percent of the votes, said today that the electoral council has carried out a 54 percent audit of the election results and found no evidence of irregularity. ...


Protests across the country have also left 61 injured and led to the arrest of 135 people, Public Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz said. Opposition protesters have attacked health centers and local offices of the ruling socialist party, Maduro said.

Capriles, who had 49 percent support, said he had evidence of irregularities, including videos of voters being watched by Maduro supporters while they cast their ballots, that affected about 300,000 votes.


The government’s rejection of a reasonable request to recount the vote has polarized the country even further, driving people into the streets,” Ciurlizza said in a phone interview from Bogota. “If opposition supporters lose faith in formal politics, the outbreaks of violence will become unpredictable.”



“We’re not afraid of violence, and that’s why we’re here in the middle of the street protesting this fraud,” said Danny Guzman, 32, an accountant who marched to support Capriles. “We refuse to live in fear under this regime, which is trying to put pressure on us all.”




I am the son of Chavez,” Maduro said yesterday. “I am the first Chavista president after Hugo Chavez and I am going to fulfill in full his legacy to protect the humble, the poor, the fatherland.”


Maduro called the election a choice between capitalism and socialism. He warned Spain and Madrid-based energy company Repsol SA (REP) to “be careful” about their relationship with Venezuela, saying they could face “exemplary actions” from his government. Repsol has stakes in Venezuela’s Carabobo 1 heavy oil project and Perla natural gas field.




“The situation could escalate to levels of political violence not seen in Venezuela since the coup against Chavez in April 2002,” Webb-Vidal said in an e-mailed response to questions. “In 2002, Chavez’s legitimacy as president was never really in doubt, but now it’s quite different: half of the country sees Maduro as the legitimate heir of Chavez, but the other half sees him as the illegitimate son.”

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Troy Ounce's picture



Haha more stupid politicians.

Pity we can't get rid of them. 

Silver Bug's picture

People worldwide are revolting. The elite are losing control.

centerline's picture

Will start with little fires here and there.  Increasing in frequency, size and severity until it is impossible to ignore that something is terribly, terrribly wrong.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Pressure cooker sales are going ballistic.

derek_vineyard's picture

I came here to see my daily dose of armageddon

Clint Liquor's picture

Socialism always promotes happiness. I haven't seen people this happy since Greece.

prains's picture


the line up at this "ism" is fucked store is growing you might want to get in 

Richard Chesler's picture

If Obama had a son, he'd look like Maduro.

GetZeeGold's picture



If Frank Marshall Davis had a son he'd look like Obama.


I wouldn't want to release my birth certificate either.

Harry Quant's picture

Coming soon to a theatre (DC) near you?

yogibear's picture

People around the world need rid their countries of these wealth sucking 

state and corporate fascist.

ZDRuX's picture

And who are the other non sucking and corporate fascists? The hippies?

rich_wicks's picture

People are fighting over puppet A or puppet B, not realizing that the strings are held by the same hand.

Sure, this makes a great show that something could come out of it, that's the whole point.  It doesn't matter which one you elect.

Sure, people will kill each other over their chosen puppet, makes a good show that something could change, but the reality is, nothing will change.

EscapingProgress's picture

A few decades from now it will be unquestionably proven that the CIA and DEA, through the sale of narcotics, funded all of this. Bloggers in Latin America are already claiming that this is the case, that the CIA and the DEA are smuggling drugs and using the proceeds to fund political opposition groups in Latin American countries. Apparently, they have already been caught.

Harry Quant's picture

Has a lot of similarities to the US...50/50 divide. Half believe he is the messiah and half believe he is illegitimate, and they fight fervently over it all. While the same power brokers remain securely in charge.

Maybe the new script for "divide and conquer".

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

too bad us is so pussified that this won't happen here for a long long time

Ahmeexnal's picture

Is Capriles the second coming of Simon Bolivar?

dunce's picture

I do not think Capriles is up for a violent revolution, but some one else might be and Maduro has issued a fight to the death challenge. He only did that because he does not think his bluff will be called. Today he may be right, but the bet can not ever be taken off the table. This is what they are talking about when they say "live by the sword, die by the sword". Failure to get the country going could start something he can not stop. The next guy might be even worse than Chavez, because of the oil wealth, much is at stake. Capriles is not just about power and money, but many men are.

JimBowie1958's picture

Dictators who inherit power from other dictators tend to lack the deftness and finesse of the dictator who won his power by not just force, but by guile, alliances, seduction, bribery and rewarding those who follow. 2nd generation dictators tend to only understand the use of force as they did not earn the power they inherited.

This stooge will quite plausibly bleed Venenzuela for a time till some of his own supporters kill him off and a moderate person rises who has seen the ghastliness of brute force by government.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

More like the second coming of Kirschner.

Banksters's picture

So true.  The black boot of the state gets tiresome.  



Anusocracy's picture

The left and the right boots of the state get tiresome. Neither is worth a shit.

 It's about time people start considering panarchism: so all the flaws of the different types of government can be compared.

dolph9's picture

What the fuck is wrong with the world?

Are humans incapable of governance?

centerline's picture

Yes.  Terminal at this point.  Not all.  But enough.

Banksters's picture

Two huge questions. I told the pessimist in me to shut the fuck up.

booboo's picture

self governance? No, they beg to be led like sheep to the slaughter. Best stay out from between folks wanting to be enslaved and the masters competing to beat them, not unlike domestic violence usually the mediator is the one that is going to be killed. Take care of your own and let the ship sink.



InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

like esau, they have traded their birthright for table scraps... traded freedom and liberty for state welfare and food stamps... these people should have no say in self governance....

I am on to you's picture

No sir,politicians,you know,these bought by the lobbyists,they are unfit,due to servere corrupt illness,in common tung,its called greed!

They might have passed,, The Madoff Northpole mirrors!

Anusocracy's picture

The humans are capable of self-governance.

The rest aren't really human.

msmith9962's picture

I'm starting to think the new generation really does think differently.  I'm not old but was raised pretty old school.  New poeple dont think to leave things as you found them or better or to think of others first.

Infinite politicians.  Few leaders.

toady's picture

A choice between capitalism and socialism....

A choice between isms is no choice at all.

Banksters's picture

People are usually given decisions to make off of false premises eg, tax more or less, instead of why tax at all.  They get sucked in like moths to flame and never ask the deeper questions.

Papasmurf's picture

You left out kleptocism.  It's a mix of kleptomania and the other ism's.

JR's picture

This is a statement of a fool. There is a choice between capitalism and socialism. It’s the same choice between freedom and tyranny. Is it a joke to laugh at freedom?  Is it funny to pull out a trick of isms.

No! Freedom is a serious, permanent matter. It is the hope of mankind.

And to suggest that we’re only dealing with isms is to make an extremely foolish statement.

toady's picture

I can see that we will most likely needed to agree to disagree, but I am curious.

Which ism do you prefer, and why?

WAMO556's picture



JR's picture

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”  -- SAMUEL ADAMS: 1776

As Louis XVI found out, mankind will not willingly be a peasant with a “noble” riding on his back.

It was the spark of freedom transferred and ignited in the New World that created the wonderment of man's achievement that socialism is now destroying in America. That spirit was the thirst for freedom of religion on the deck of the Mayflower and the persistence of men such as Samuel Adams, and the oratories of men such as Patrick Henry.

That spirit that was sweeping this New World outpost was the freedom for man to protect his God-given rights.  And in this instance, “God” was the operative word in that true Christianity was the foundation of the belief that men were equal and deserving to be masters of their own lives under the guidance of God’s protection. 

This was the guiding principle for Jefferson’s forceful statements and Madison’s careful words of law.

How, otherwise, could one explain the unification for the creation of America and the consequent growth of Western Civilization in spite of the greed and ruthless militarism of the world all through the years?

Capitalism involves the private ownership of the means of production; it does not mean stealing the means of production that describes a banker-controlled economy. As for socialism, socialism is Marxism and it has never worked except where capitalism has either bailed it out or supported it, such as with the Soviet Union, when the US had to feed its starving citizens.

As Charles Gave of GaveKal Research wrote in "JESUS: The Unknown Economist," Socialism is not the heir to the Enlightment, it is the rejection.

"A socialist believes he has a mission to interfere in our civil or economic liberties...

"The enemy is rampant socialism and its ally, statism, which curb our individual liberty and which amount to what has been called a 'soft dictatorship... underneath it, meanwhile, simmers the hatred of other people - the class struggle - even when that concept has been officialy abandoned."

As Gave says: "Every Christian must recapture for himself the insight found by John-Paul II, Solzhenitsy, and Lech Walesa, and given to us by Christ.

"The fundamental Gospel postulation is individual freedom. When a majority of Christians are convinced of this truth, our political and cultural people will change sharply. France and Europe will have another of the spectacular recoveries which have characterized our History."*

*translated from the French

Gave's book is not about religion but about economic life, in the light of the Gospels, and reflections in light o his personal experience on how best to act in the modern business world.

iDealMeat's picture

And the first order of business for these "god" created equal men..  Import Slaves.. Religion is oppression. You're never going to be free until you rid yourself of that BS..

JR's picture

Slavery has been with mankind for several thousand years... but it wasn't a feature of the Pilgrim faith or that of the Christian religion. The message of Christ, that all men are made in the image of God and that all men are equal in His eyes, swept the world like a wild fire engulfing a dry wheat field, and no where was the message more strongly received than by men who had lived their lives as inferiors, as slaves. It broke the psychological chains that bound them and made them free.

And American led the way to abolish slavery. In 1808 a law was passed in the United States forbidding the importation of slaves.

New research by J. David Hacker, a demographic historian from Binghamton University in New York, has recalculated the death toll in the Civil War to 750,000, a war fought allegedly to free the slaves, most of them imported by the slave trade managed by Jewish ship owners in Newport, RI. Does that not say something about America's principles and the price that Americans paid for the rapaciousness of slave traders and a minority of slave owners in America?

There also were many white indentured servants in America, grateful to work for their freedom in America, because the poor of Europe lived lives but little different from those of slaves; many were even worse off. At least slaves were fed and clothed by their masters but Europe's poor had no such comfort.

Contrary to MSM lore, there were white slaves long before any blacks were enslaved, except by their own people, Even the word slave came from ‘Slav” because some of the early Roman slaves were from Slavic countries. There were millions of slaves in the Roman Empire – Greek slaves as well as slaves from England and Gaul. Read the Bible, even if it’s just to learn some history.

In the wars in Africa, when the war was over, the victor took the losers as slaves or he killed them so they could not attack again.

There were slave raids on the coast of England and Ireland by slavers from Africa. One whole village, Baltimore, on the Irish coast, in 1631, was carried off in a raid.

According to Wikipedia, opposition to the slave trade, whatever color, began in Britain, America, Portugal and in parts of Europe, On the Atlantic Slave Trade: Opposition to the trade was led by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and establishment Evangelicals such as William Wilberforce.

"Under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson, the new state of Virginia in 1778 became the first state and one of the first jurisdictions anywhere to stop the importation of slaves for sale; it made it a crime for traders to bring in slaves from out of state or from overseas for sale... The new law freed all slaves brought in illegally after its passage and imposed heavy fines on violators. 

"The United States Congress passed the Slave Trade Act of 1794 which prohibited the building or outfitting of ships in the U.S. for use in the slave trade. In 1807 Congress outlawed the importation of slaves beginning on January 1, 1808, the earliest date permitted by the United States Constitution for such a ban."

Et cetera….

Colonial Intent's picture

"Slavery has been with mankind for several thousand years... but it wasn't a feature of the Pilgrim faith or that of the Christian religion."

ROFLMAO, It's in the feckin bible ya moron.

Colossians 3:22

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:5

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

Do any of you gandalf worshipping fantasists ever read the holy books?

ronaldawg's picture

Idealmeat and Colonial Intent - two strawmen in a row - Are you a tag team?

Colonial Intent's picture

Now you made me go and read his comment and give him a upvote, cheers.

JR's picture

Do you recall Aesop’s story of "The North Wind and The Sun"?

 “’The North Wind boasted of great strength. The Sun argued that there was great power in gentleness.

"’We shall have a contest,’ said the Sun.”

The Sun won.

"’How did you do that?’ said the Wind.

"’It was easy,’ said the Sun, ‘I lit the day. Through gentleness I got my way.’"

Christ, i.e., Christianity, is the Sun. And on the slave issue, Christianity wins.

Paul’s mission was not to engage in force, in war, to win the slave issue. His mission was to win mankind's heart through love, by explaining the nature of the church and salvation.

And so, through Christianity, Paul began to change man’s age-old notion of slavery by revealing God’s eternal plan; and when men responded in reciprocity, life bloomed. It's God's formula.

Bible scholars explain: “Paul does not condemn or condone slavery, but explains that Christ transcends all divisions between people.  Slaves are told to work hard as though their master were Christ himself; but master should be just and fair.

“Slaves played a significant part in this society (the Roman Empire). There were several million of them in the Roman Empire at this time. Because many slaves and owners had become Christians, the early Church had to deal straightforwardly with the question of master/slave relations.… In Paul’s day, women, children, and slaves had few rights in the church. However, they had freedoms that society denied them. Paul tells husbands, parents, and masters to be caring.”

toady's picture

OK, got it, sorry I asked.

Wouldn't it be great if you had lived in the past?

Good luck with that!

Anusocracy's picture

It's not isms, it's innate survival behaviors.

Survive in a communal hierarchy, survive in a power hierarchy, or survive in freedom.

WAMO556's picture


Have some coke and get a frigging smile. Your TOO wound up and your head is going to explode.

I choose: MEISM.

Because nobody takes better care of ME then ME.


Colonial Intent's picture

Capitalism = Human beings motivated by greed and fear.