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Post-Election Outlook

Immediate future: unknown

Short-term future: unknown

Mid-term future: unknown

Long-term future: unknown

For some decidedly pro-opposition though completely level-headed coverage and analysis, you might look to Caracas Chronicles. I didn’t know about that blog until yesterday but have been getting most of my information from there over the last 24 hours.

After 90 minutes of voicing their disapproval (probably not a strong enough word), the cacerolazo has just now begun to die down on our street. Each with a wooden spoon and a pot in hand, our neighbors gathered around the corner in front of the church and school where Capriles cast his vote on Sunday. Audio track of cacerolazo in our neighborhood.

Although our street is now mostly quiet, there are parts of the city and country that are seeing more action than they have in many years. Capriles called for organized rallies tomorrow and Wednesday, but even before his press conference, spontaneous protests popped up, often surrounding the local Elections Control Offices. It’s difficult to tell how widespread they are. Venezuelans are famous for staying up late partying, so perhaps these will continue well into the night.

In the end, I don’t think the protests will turn too violent, but like I said above, it’s all unknown. Unknown what Capriles’ next move will be — to fight or fold. Unknown the number of votes each candidate actually received. Unknown how quickly the other powerful government officials, like Diosdado Cabello, will turn on Maduro.

What I do know is that we are keeping Graham home from preschool tomorrow, and our school is still open as scheduled.

3 comments on “Post-Election Outlook

  1. cokerdemdepriest
    April 16, 2013

    Great post! Do you know where the video was shot from?
    Here’s another pro-opposition well-reasoned blog – maybe you’re already familiar with it:

    • msteinross
      April 16, 2013

      Thanks! The video is from Barquisimeto, in front of the CNE office. Yes, I have been following Devil’s Excrement on occasion. Good suggestion.

  2. Briana
    April 16, 2013

    Sounds intense. I am sure you are staying as safe as possible. I mean it really makes for learning a new culture, region, how things are handled, etc. Images and sites that add to the whole expereince. Hope you are feeling somewhat safe! Much love! B

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