Amid notably low turnout, Venezuelan opposition voters went to the polls over the weekend to choose 42 parliamentary candidates for the country’s rightwing Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition in the run-up to National Assembly elections later this year.
Eight Venezuelan military officials charged with involvement in last year’s infamous “Operation Jericho” plot against President Nicolas Maduro have been sentenced by a military court to between four and eight years in prison.
On the anniversary of the April 11th 2002 coup which temporarily ousted the Chavez government, teleSUR speaks to two Venezuelanalysis journalists and Venezuela-based activists, Z.C. Dutka and Rachael Boothroyd, about the relevance of the April 11-13, 2002 coup to the current situation in Venezuela.
In an interview on Monday, OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza claimed the Venezuelan government was unwilling to dialogue with the opposition, provoking a vehement response from Roy Chaderton, the Caribbean nation’s OAS representative.
Venezuelan opposition leaders grouped under the banner of the Roundtable of Democratic Unity led a march through the streets of the capital on Saturday, beginning from various points in the city center and concluding at the Centro Comercial Único, in the largely middle class opposition neighborhood of Chacaito.
Following increased buying during the holiday season, Venezuela is facing shortages in food, basic goods, such as diapers and laundry detergent, medicine, and automotive items. As lines to purchase goods, especially at state-subsidized markets, have continued to grow, opposition leaders called for a nationwide strike on Monday- which was widely ignored.
By George Ciccariello-Maher - Jacobin , Oct 23rd 2014
If recent years have marked not the establishment of a socialist country but the appearance of the poor in the public life of the nation, then it is clear that some nostalgically wish that they would once again disappear, retreat into the shadows, or be compelled to withdraw.