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Top Ten Fraudulent Claims of Fraud in Venezuela

The losers of yesterday's referendum vote in Venezuela are not accepting the results that, according to official numbers, give a landslide mandate to President Hugo Chávez to push on with his Bolivarian revolution.

However, news reports that repeat these claims of election "fraud" are, not surprisingly, thin on details or hard facts to back up the claims.

Therefore, as a public service, Narco News has conducted an exhaustive search across the Internet and throughout the news media for the concrete accusations of those who claim "fraud" in yesterday's historic, record-turnout, vote. We present them to you, kind reader, so you can make up your own mind how substantive, or unsubstantive, the opposition claims are in reality.

All quotes guaranteed verbatim from the blogosphere and online news sites!

Fraud Talk Falling On Deaf Ears

The Venezuelan opposition to Chavez doesn't seem to be finding very many receptive listeners for their whining this morning.

The Opposition's Game Plan

The opposition is so hopelessly disorganized and defeated after being repeatedly outmaneuvered -- by Chavez, his supporters, and community media in Venezuela --that even the U.S. is afraid to put the golpistas in charge.

I hope.

Venezuela: The Chávez Victory by the Numbers

CARACAS, VENEZUELA; AUGUST 16, 2004, 08:00 HOURS:

First, the facts:

With 94.49 percent of the electronic voting machines reporting, the National Elections Council of Venezuela informs that the "NO" vote - against recalling President Hugo Chávez - has amassed such a wide margin over the "YES" vote - by those who wanted to depose the elected president - that the trend is irreversible:

NO: 4.991.483 (58.25%)
YES:
3.576.517 (41.74%)

That is a total of 8,568,000 votes.

That means that only about 470,000 votes are left to count, but the pro-Chávez vote already enjoys a comfortable margin of 1,414,966.

So even if the opposition gets every single vote left uncounted, the pro-Chávez side will win by almost a million votes. More likely, the remaining votes will fall in similar percentages as the 95 percent already counted, bringing the final total to something like 5.26 million "NO" votes to 3.76 million votes.

AUTHENTIC JOURNALISM WINS: It's official, Chávez and América are free.

Chavez 58.3, Recall 41.7

I don't have much else to say other than the results were official.  VIVA CHAVEZ The Venezuelan people triumphed today.

No Hard Data Yet from Venezuela

CARACAS VENEZUELA; AUGUST 16, 2004, 2:00 A.M.: It was a day without precedent: A record voter turnout for the first-ever recall referendum on a president in the American hemisphere and an unprecedented extension, twice moved, of the hour until which citizens could vote in response to unrivaled long lines of voters going to the polls...

And at two o'clock the next morning, the country and the world await the results.

I'm still here in the Narco News informational war room, with various Venezuelan colleagues, waiting for the National Electoral Council (CNE in its Spanish initials) to hold its press conference. So far both sides - the supporters of the "yes" vote and supporters of the "no" vote - have refrained from offering results in public, although both have spooned out discordant numbers, off the record, to us and the rest of the press.

In the immortal words of that great American philosopher Tom Petty: "They Way-aiting is the hardest part!"

Long Lines for Voting

I have just listened to a spokesman of the so-called “Coordinadora Democratica” complain because he had to wait in line for nine hours to vote.  What he didn’t mention is that in December 2002 and January 2003, his organization made Venezuelans wait in line for days to buy a few gallons of gasoline for their automobiles or canisters of gas for their cooking-stoves. Their two-month-long lockout/strike caused people to lose days of joy with their families during the end-of-the-year holiday celebrations. As they waited and waited the opposition filled the airwaves with their personal joy about the pain they were causing in the country.

UK's Independent Newspaper Falsifies Venezuela Election Results!

In a big way. For shame, Hannah Baldock. How did you violate the rules? Let us count the ways.

Why We Don't Publish Venezuela "Exit Polls"

The Narco News Informational "War Room" is hopping here in Caracas, Venezuela, with more than a dozen Authentic Journalists monitoring every single wire cable, news report, or claim made on the Internet regarding today's referendum in this South American country.

We are aware of all the exit poll information on both sides - and we have seen the conflicting claims of at least two other websites regarding so-called "exit polls" - but we will not publish them here and I would like to explain why...

First, it is illegal under Venezuelan law.

Second, it is illegal for good reason, in a country where the Commercial Media unanimously reported, in April 2002, "Chavez Resigned" when the president was, in fact, kidnapped at gunpoint. Here, the Commercial Media has shown its willingness to blatantly lie in order to destabilize and impede democracy, and more of that kind of behavior continues today...

They're starting to slip...

Here at the Narconews war room in Caracas, we've got our eyes focused on mainstream press, wherever it may live. Two Latin American papers have already begun the slide into the obfuscation of referendum guidelines. Both El Tiempo of Colombia and Diario del Hoy of El Salvador are misrepresenting the rules of the game, before any poll results are even allowed in.

Venezuelan Chavez haters are running on empty

There is an interesting story in the Houston Chronicle today that focuses on rich Venezuelans who are fleeing their homeland to come to Houston, many with hopes of plugging into the city's oil industry.

The story points out that:

More than 10,000 Venezuelans now live in the Houston area, estimates Wladimir Torres, 51, publisher of the monthly newspaper El Venezolano de Houston. That's up from the 1,592 Venezuelans counted in the 2000 census.

... But the Bayou City also has attracted thousands of these immigrants because they expected to find jobs here, particularly in Houston's oil sector, where former employees of the (Venezuelan) state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, can utilize their experience.

Entitlement

Here I sit, the night before the momentous elections that will decide the fate of the Bolivarian revolution. I share in the excitement of the Venezuelans that are thinking that this time, this time will be the end of the interminable assault by the media, the wealthy and most importantly, the gorrilla of the north on a small attempt to address the inequality in this petrostate. I however, can´t help but feel, down in my heart, that this won´t be enough. Nothing is enough to placate the black heart of Petroleum consumers of the north and the puppet elites at home.

Carter: Venez Election "More Satisfactory than Florida"

CARACAS VENEZUELA; AUGUST 14, 2004: Former United States President Jimmy Carter, at a press conference today in Venezuela where he leads a large delegation of election observers, noted that the organization of Sunday's presidential recall referendum will guarantee results "that will be much more satisfactory than those of 2000 in Florida."

"We call on all citizens who want to participate to do it calmly and knowing that your vote will be secret," Carter told a large group of national and international reporters.

Asked if he observes that there are human rights in Venezuela, Carter said, "There are free elections in Venezuela... There is transparency in the process... There is freedom of the press in Venezuela... For these reasons and more I believe there is respect for human rights in Venezuela."

Andres Oppenheimer's Hatred of Democracy

CARACAS, VENEZUELA; AUGUST 14, 2004: More evidence pours forward every hour that the anti-democracy cheerleaders in the English-language press, who have spread knowingly false fictions again and again in recent years about the reality in Venezuela and its president Hugo Chávez, now see the writing on the wall about tomorrow's historic referendum in this oil-rich country of 24 million people.

On Thursday, Narco News outed New York Timesman Juan Forero who, in an unguarded moment, revealed his true observation that Chávez will win tomorrow's vote. Flushed out on The Narcosphere, Forero had little option but to confess the same to his readers in today's NY Times. Forero, in serious cover-his-ass mode, scrambles to make up for months of lost time with these words in today's Times:

"He (Chavez) now has the backing of about half of the Venezuelan electorate, according to some polls, making it harder for the opposition to muster the nearly 3.8 million yes votes it needs - at least one more than Mr. Chávez got when he was re-elected in 2000 - to end his term and bring a new presidential election. Even if the opposition gets the votes, if Mr. Chávez gets more votes, he will remain in office."

Cena na Bolivia Esquenta

La Paz, BOLIVIA - Um assassinato insólito, um conflito cultural e uma sacudida nos movimentos sociais marcam o novo momento sócio-político na Bolívia. No dia 14 de junho deste ano, o então prefeito do pequeno municipio de Ayo Ayo, Benjamin Altamirano, foi seqüestrado, torturado, assassinado, queimado e, finalmente, exibido morto em praça pública. O ato foi assumido por toda a população local, predominantemente da etnia indígena Aymara, e justificado pela tradicional idéia da justiça comunitária. A partir desses acontecimentos, diversos líderes de movimentos sociais da região foram presos preventivamente sem a existência de provas concretas. Entre essas prisões, esta a de Gabriel Pinto – líder do MST boliviano – ocorrida na manhã desta quinta-feira (12/08), e que poderá desencadear uma série de ações de revolta por parte dos movimentos socais em todo o país.