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Originally posted by ghostsoldier
Cuba has also, just recently conducted a huge war-games simulation. The goal was to see how long it would take to mobilise the entire country for war, that is; getting everyone armed and to their respective battle stations... And guess what the out-come was, they (as in the Cuban people) were mobilised and ready for an invasion in 30 minutes - goes to show what peoples power can achieve when they want to defend something that means alot to them...
[edit on 6-6-2005 by ghostsoldier]
Originally posted by AceOfBase
While it's true that many people were on the streets in 2002 to oppose him, there were many people on the streets in 2004 in support of Chavez.
On Thursday April 11, an estimated one million people marched to the headquarters of Venezuela's oil company, PDVSA, in defense of its fired management. The organizers decided to re-route the march to Miraflores, the presidential palace, where a pro-government demonstration was taking place. After violence erupted between demonstrators, the metropolitan police (controlled by the opposition) and national guard (controlled by Chávez), 17 people were killed and more than one hundred people were wounded. Doctors who treated the wounded reported that many of them appeared to have been shot from above in a sniper-like fashion.
In August 2003, opposition leaders began the process to recall Chávez, a procedure first introduced in Venezuela in the 1999 constitution. When the opposition presented the National Electoral Council (CNE) with 3.2 million signatures, the CNE rejected the petition by a vote of 3-0 with 2 members abstaining, ruling that signatures collected before the mid-point of Chávez's term were not valid under Venezuelan law. In November, the opposition conducted another signature drive, again presenting over 3 million signatures.
Again, the names of petition signers were posted publicly. The president of the Venezuelan Workers Confederation was quoted by the Associated Press as claiming that the Chávez government had begun firing petition signers from government ministries, the state oil company, the state water company, the Caracas Metro, and public hospitals and municipal governments controlled by Chávez's party. The Associated Press also quoted Venezuela's Health minister, Roger Capella, as justifying petition related layoffs by saying "all those who have signed to activate the recall referendum against President Chávez should be fired from the Health Ministry". He retracted these remarks several days later by saying that they were his own personal opinions and not a matter of public policy.
Francisco Carrasquero, president and one of the five members of the CNE, announced the preliminary result on national television and radio at around 04h00 local time on Monday, August 16, after 94% of the votes had been counted (rnv.gov.ve...))
No: 4,991,483 = 58%
Yes: 3,576,517 = 42%
According to these early-morning results, the first condition (a quorum of 25% of the electorate) had definitely been satisfied. The second condition (more votes against Chᶥz than he received in 2000) would probably be satisfied (an extrapolation from the preliminary results, assuming that Poisson statistics correctly describe the uncertainties and that the so far uncounted votes are not biased with respect to the full sample, gives the total number of "yes" votes as 3.785 million with an error margin of about 0.002 million). However, the third condition (a simple majority: more people voting "yes" than "no") had clearly failed.
Originally posted by lost
bravo you two. bravo.
ladies and genteelmen, the above is the two sides to a well oiled propoganda machine. both sides cancelling eachother out. well, now we've only got bad guys - so whos fighting for the good guys..? hmm...
Originally posted by Muaddib
The image of Chavez has been going down, and down the drain, he had to do something to make sure noone tried to take him from power again...so now he is arming those who are loyal to him.