Venezue­lans ap­pear to ab­stain from vote as a silent protest

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OPINION -

CARACAS, VENEZUELA » Venezue­lans ap­peared to be ab­stain­ing in mas­sive num­bers on Sun­day in a show of silent protest against a vote to se­lect a con­sti­tu­tional assem­bly giv­ing the gov­ern­ment vir­tu­ally un­lim­ited pow­ers.

As­so­ci­ated Press jour­nal­ists toured more than two dozen polling places in neigh­bor­hoods across the cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing many tra­di­tional strongholds of the rul­ing so­cial­ist party in south­ern and west­ern Caracas. Vir­tu­ally all the polling places saw hours­long lines of thou­sands of peo­ple in past elec­tions over the last two decades of so­cial­ist gov­ern­ment.

One site, a sports and cul­tural com­plex known as the Poliedro, had sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple wait­ing about two hours to vote. Of the dozens of oth­ers sites seen by the AP, two in the loy­al­ist-heavy neigh­bor­hood of El Valle had lines of ap­prox­i­mately 200 to 400 peo­ple. All the oth­ers had at most a cou­ple of dozen vot­ers, and many had less than a half-dozen or were com­pletely empty.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.