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UK Guardian Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Violence and Internal Divisions


I sent the UK Guardian this note about their latest Venezuela news report by Virgina Lopez

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Dear Guardian Editors

The headline to this article  is outrageous:

“Venezuela's opposition make noise against Nicolás Maduro's victory”

Near the end of the article it is briefly mentioned that

The post-election crisis has left seven dead and more than 50 people
wounded across the nation as pro and anti-government protestors clashed
outside CNE headquarters in different states”

This vague passage evades that the dead were supporters of Maduro most
likely killed by Capriles supporters. [1]

Segments of the opposition are clearly intent on doing a hell of a lot
more than “making noise” and have done so. It is impossible to believe
that the Guardian would evade this if the recent murders so strongly
implicated Maduro supporters.

The Guardian also completely evades serious divisions within the
opposition over Capriles’ tactics – in particular the demand for a full
recount.  Franciso Toro, a prominent opposition blogger often cited by
the international press, recently wrote

What worries me is that Capriles isn’t really alleging numerical
fraud. Just the opposite, Capriles is being quite careful not to say “I
am the rightful winner because I can prove, through my actas, that I
got more votes.”

He’s calling for a recount of all paper ballots, but if there was
reason to believe that a 100% recount would show he had won more votes
on the day, he would have the evidence for that. So far that evidence
has been forthcoming only in tiny fragments, fragments that seem
tangential to his central case. I cannot believe that if the comando
had systematic evidence of audit tallies that failed to match the
machine tallies they would have “forgotten” to show it by now.[2]

 

This article follows a long standing pattern with Guardian news
reports that was established while Rory Carroll dominated its Venezuela
output. No matter how damning the evidence of opposition violence, or
no matter how the serious divisions within the opposition, avoid
reporting them.  Avoid reporting anything that tarnishes the
opposition’s victim status with international audiences. If criticism
of the opposition is published it must come from Chavista officials,
not within opposition ranks.

Joe Emersberger
 

[1] Reuters reports

“The authorities said the seven deaths included two people shot by
opposition sympathizers while celebrating Maduro's win in a
middle-class area of the capital, and one person killed in an attack on
a government-run clinic…

The opposition has not responded to specific allegations relating to
the deaths, but Capriles has repeatedly called for only peaceful
demonstrations and said that the government was responsible for
violence by denying the call for an recount.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/16/us-venezuela-election-idUSBRE93F0RU20130416

[2]
http://caracaschronicles.com/2013/04/16/conjugating-fraud-in-the-conditional-tense/#more-27427

See also

http://caracaschronicles.com/2013/04/16/the-recount-as-red-herring/
 

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