Venezuela Opposition Candidate Closes Campaign

Photo Feature by Caridad

HAVANA TIMES — Directing their message at President Chavez, opposition crowds chanted “you’ve got one week left” and “you can smell and feel Capriles as president.” Thousands of these Venezuelans gathered on Sunday along the wide Bolivar Avenue and its adjacent streets.

The event was the closing in Caracas of the campaign of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. People of all ages laughed and partied the same way Chavez supporters do when they take over these same streets.

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such a large opposition march in Caracas. A couple years ago (on my first trip here) when I spoke with some people who didn’t support Chavez’s management of the country, they complained about people’s apathy when it came to marching or voting against him. It looks like things have changed in that sense.

Capriles spoke a little longer than usual, promising safety in the violent streets of Venezuela and criticizing the unmet promises of the current president.

Venezuelans go to the polls this coming Sunday, October 7th, to reelect Hugo Chavez or vote in Capriles for a six-year term that to run from 2013 to 2019.

President Chavez is set to close his campaign in Caracas on Thursday. HT will also be there.

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