More than 11 million Venezuelans voted today, electing 165 legislators to the national assembly and 12 to the Latin American Parliament, in 36,553 voting centres across the country. The PSUV won a majority of positions, but not the two thirds necessary for some decision making.
Dan compares his experience in Venezuela to those recounted in Mike Gonzalez's "A Second Letter from Caracas," highlighting what current opposition protestors’ motives seem to be, as well as the chavista response to them.
Hard-line opposition protests continued over Easter weekend in Venezuela. However a recent poll found that the majority of Venezuelans support the peace talks occurring between the government and moderate opposition.
In this interview, Venezuelan journalist and writer, Luis Britto Garcia, observes a growing division within the Venezuelan opposition, and he analyses the work of Gene Sharp, a US political scientist, and his theory of “soft coups”.
On the evening of April 10, the main political representatives of the Venezuelan opposition attended a meeting at Miraflores Presidential Palace with representatives of the government and the Bolivarian revolution. The meeting generated a lively debate within the Bolivarian movement.
Dialogue between government and opposition representatives continued in Caracas last night, seeing the opposition coalition condemn violence, but no agreement reached on their demand to release those arrested for it.