What Mainstream Media Got
Wrong About Venezuela's
Constituent Assembly Vote
By Carla Gonzalez
August 01, 2017 "Information
- Venezuelans voted Sunday for
representatives of the
Assembly, amid what the
government has called a
targeted media campaign to
destabilize the country and
destroy its sovereignty.
International media outlets
rushed to discredit the
vote, sharing grossly
of the historic electoral
The U.S. newspaper
Washington Post, for
instance, wrote "the
decision to hold the vote
appeared set to prolong and
deepen the suffering of the
people of Venezuela" —
despite assurances from
Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro that the purpose of
the election was to ease
economic and political
conflicts with the
The Washington Post also
insisted the nation’s 2.8
million state workers
"risked losing their jobs if
they did not vote."
The media outlet went
even further, claiming the
internal and democratic
election represented "a
direct challenge" to the
administration of U.S.
President Donald Trump after
it demanded that the
government cancel the vote.
It said Maduro "defiantly
followed through Sunday with
his pledge" to hold the
election, "creating a
critical new stage in a
long-simmering crisis that
could mint the Western
comments, however, do not
acknowledge that the right
to call a National
Constituent Assembly is
included in the country's
Constitution and supported
by several articles of its
text. Indeed the absolute
independence of the members
of the Constituent Assembly
to make changes to the
Constitution is protected
under these articles.
Germany's Deutsche Welle
meanwhile said the election
"will cement a socialist
dictatorship" — ignoring the
fact that Venezuelans have
the right to call for a
Constituent Assembly and
that the new Constitution
will need to be approved by
The British media outlet
BBC referenced the recent
deaths during violent
protests in Caracas, placing
the full responsibility for
the clashes between
protesters and security
But Venezuelan Armed
Forces have denied these
accusations. In a press
conference Sunday, Minister
of Defense Vladimir Padrino
Lopez said that none of the
injuries or deaths could be
attributed to the Armed
Forces. The article also
ignores the eight members of
the Armed Forces who were
severely injured while
right to vote.
The CNN, a longtime critic of the Venezuelan
government, argued the Constituent Assembly was
controlled by Maduro and that the "vote would
give the president immense political power."
This statement fails to take into account
that no other state institution may interfere in
the new legislative body. Only the 545 officials
elected by the citizens from different sectors
of society can draft the new Constitution.
CNN also reported that Maduro would replace
Venezuela's National Assembly — a situation that
has never been stated in the decree to call for
an open and direct vote.
Canada's Globe and Mail said "voters broadly
boycotted" the election, ignoring the numerous
of photos and videos of people lining up to vote
at dawn and even wading through swamps to reach
the voting centers. The article also does not
include the countless reports of seniors and
people with disabilities eagerly casting votes
across the country.
"Caracas was largely shut down with deserted
streets and polling stations were mostly empty,
dealing a blow to the legitimacy of the vote,"
said the Globe and Mail without any evidence.
The Guardian joined the mainstream criticism,
calling the election an action that will "seal
the demise of the oil-rich nation’s democracy."
Again, the article failed to acknowledge the
thousands of people who fought to earn the
opportunity to be candidates in this historical
event, including candidates from the LGBT
community, student organizations and women and
Finally, the New York Times reported on the
election with the headline: "As Venezuela
Prepares to Vote, Some Fear an End to
The article reported, "Maduro is pushing a
radical plan to consolidate his leftist
movement’s grip over the nation," forgetting
that candidates are not voted for according to
their political parties but through individual
In one of the bluntest accusations, the
newspaper argued Maduro "has refused to
negotiate with street protesters," a claim that
blatantly ignores Maduro's ongoing calls for
peaceful dialogue and guidance from the Vatican.
It concludes by accusing the president of
Venezuela of seeking an "unchecked authority not
seen since the juntas that haunted Latin
American countries in decades past," as Maduro
and the Bolivarian Revolution have vowed to
fight the same external interference that
brought the U.S. backed dictatorships to the
region in the 60s.
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Venezuela Coup "Could Blow Up
Huge In Many Nations Of The Region"
Debs is Dead
01, 2017 "Information
- I see somebody has been blathering about the
lack of 'democracy' in Venezuela as if it was
the Chavezists who were to blame.
president was elected by the people in a fair
election and Chavezists also won the majority in
the parliament/constituent assembly, the moment
that happened the elitists financed opposition
coups pushed out propaganda that was no more
than libelous lies and began a program of overt
have continued this for the last 19 years and
the irony is of course that if they hadn't done
so and instead conducted themselves
democratically they may have had a look in at
government or coalition by now, but they chose
what they thought was the easy way to gutting
result of the corporate capitalists activities
has been the same as it always is when they push
illegal acts of insurrection to try and force a
reactive oppression - people lose and get hurt.
interesting to note that when the coalitions of
street kids angry at everything and the sons and
daughters of the once protected bourgeoisie hit
the streets in their tiny bands to throw rocks
and Molotov cocktails the police are very muted
in their response - police in Venezuela don't
normally carry sidearms but the riot police
carry weapons that can only fire anti riot
projectiles that are designed to hurt but not
main or kill, they also have plastic shields but
their actions have been much less violent than
those of say the amerikan police - especially
when you consider that more than 20 police have
been killed in these riots.
didn't get this info from RT news or any other
oppositional news service I got it from the BBC
who were desperate to find a shock horror story.
They found a kid who had been arrested for
throwing bricks at the police and he said that
while he was locked up his interrogators
demanded that he tell them the leadership or
they would rape him "Did you tell them?" says Mr
Beeb, "No" says the kid "so did they rape you?"
asks Mr Beeb "NO but one of my cellmates had a
black eye!" the kid responds.
Yeah right horrible oppression by those commies
eh! The fact the beeb were in there trying on
this story and running it on englander TV last
night suggests that b may be correct
when he says
amerika is about to try and kick something off.
The shots of protesters were all filmed up close
- no wide views lest viewers see how few people
were protesting, the entire piece could be
regarded as a farce except that there is an
undercurrent of amerikan violence.
the military - yes Cubans were brought in to
train the army at the start of the Bolivaran
revolution because the army was recruited from
the ordinary people - not the usual younger sons
of the bourgeoisie so outsiders were needed to
train them. Some Cubans liked it so much they
elected to stay on but the vast majority of
Venezuelan military are local and if they
seriously wanted to stage a coup it would be
trivial to round up Cubans in a night and go in
hard, but the military don't have any such
intention, they are loyal to the head of state
they swore an oath to.
really hope that Trump and co don't decide that
Venezuela be the victim of his need to divert
attention away from his own travails - the
result will be much worse even than the
bloodthirsty contras of Nicaragua. The war will
be long and bloody and it is highly doubtful
that amerika could win without terrible
violence. Even though the current governments in
Central and South America are more 'sympathetic'
to amerikan imperialism than those of a decade
ago, it is highly unlikely that many if any will
openly assist amerika because their own
populations will go ape-shit if they do.
could blow up huge and destroy
the fragile agreements in place in many nations
of the region.
what? So that rich arse-holes can get richer?
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