In the midst of ongoing election fight, actual fight breaks out in Venezuelan parliament

posted at 8:01 pm on May 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

After longtime Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death and the hastily thrown-together special election to choose his successor, their Supreme Court flatly and immediately rejected the opposition party’s calls for an investigation into reports of election fraud and the subsequent demand for a thorough recount; meanwhile, ostensible victor Nicolas Maduro proceeded with a rushed inauguration and has been attempting to squash the hints of protest throughout the country ever since. As Roger Noriega points out at AEI, these certainly don’t look much like the actions of a regime that is sure its win was legitimate:

The self-declared winner, Nicolás Maduro, is behaving very much like a man who knows he lost on April 14. In resorting to violence and brute force to silence the opposition’s demand for an honest recount, Maduro has signed the death warrant for chavismo’s legitimacy.

Numerous videos of soldiers and other chavista thugs chasing, beating, and shooting unarmed protesters have circulated around the world since last month’s election. …

Post-election analyses have shown that even many of those who had supported caudillo Hugo Chávez before his recent death were among a majority of Venezuelans who voted for change last month. And that majority now has no choice but to resist the Cuban-backed regime that cannot hold on to power, let alone govern, unless it uses violence against the Venezuelan people.

The opposition party, led by Henry Capriles, has so far refused to concede, and on Tuesday night the violent mood spread into the Venezuelan legislature itself when the assembled lawmakers got into a massive brawl:

Fistfights broke out in Venezuela’s parliament on Tuesday, injuring a number of legislators during an angry session linked to the South American nation’s bitter election dispute.

The opposition said seven of its parliamentarians were attacked and hurt when protesting a measure to block them from speaking in the National Assembly over their refusal to recognize President Nicolas Maduro’s April 14 vote victory. …

One assembly worker, who asked not to be named, told Reuters the trouble began when opposition legislators shouted “fascist” at the National Assembly leader and unfolded a protest banner reading “parliamentary coup.”

Government parliamentarians attacked them. Laptops and tables were hurled in the ensuing melee, with one legislator hit over the head with a chair, the witness said.

Ay de mi:

The opposition party isn’t ready to give up, and of course the post-Chavez installations now supporting Nicolas Maduro aren’t going to want to tolerate many more challenges to their entrenched authority; tensions are high, to say the least, and I’d bet there’s plenty of violence still to come.


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As Roger Noriega points out at AEI, these certainly don’t look much like the actions of a regime that is sure its win was legitimate…

posted at 8:01 pm on May 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Indeed

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM

I wonder who would have come out on top..
Obama or Mitt..

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Biteme or Paul

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

McCain or Obama

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Sarah or Biteme

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Boehner or Botox..

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

West or Hank

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

We need tazers in the senate. And, a cage in the house.
Only ONE can survive!

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Keep duking it out, you might not get control but you may get more of a say in what goes on. The owwie looks like it hurts.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Do you think Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan can be out of politics by then?

Yeah. Me neither.

WryTrvllr on May 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

A leftist, is a leftist, is a leftist.

rob verdi on May 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

And I didn’t think Venezuelan politics could take another black-eye. Silly me.

Flange on May 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

We can only pray that our conservative legislators, in both chambers, would do the same. I can’t tell you how much I’d give to see some jabs and right hooks on the faces of some of the wussy-Ds and -Rs, for that matter.

This would be must-see TV, for sure, and would raise the Q-factor among the LIVs for the Republicans who threw some great punches and groin kicks.

TXUS on May 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Flashback to 2007: “Turkish MPs fight during election reform debate.”

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 1, 2013 at 8:44 PM

They need a new permission structure.

Curtiss on May 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

When Chavez got couped when first elected, the plotters failed the de gracie part. All this trouble would not be occurring if Hugo would have been given the dirt nap in 2002.

arnold ziffel on May 1, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Eh. In Ukraine, this is simply how the chairman calls for new business. It’s so common there, that the opposition even has a ringer. Alas, he has too much class to participate.

Of course, over there it’s mostly flabby guys weakly wailing on each other, as opposed to PSUV thugs toppling and kicking women.

Gingotts on May 1, 2013 at 9:23 PM

The self-declared winner, Nicolás Maduro, is behaving very much like a man who knows he lost on April 14. In resorting to violence and brute force to silence the opposition’s demand for an honest recount, Maduro has signed the death warrant for chavismo’s legitimacy.

Don’t bet on it. As Alvaro Vargas Llosa & Co. point out in Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, this is typical of caudillo rule in the region.

Elections there operate on the twin principles of “One man, one vote- once” and “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it matters that I win”. This is especially true of leftist regimes. Purges of opponents are the default action of such governments, and have been since before United Fruit Co. existed. (It exploited existing conditions; it did not create them.)

Numerous videos of soldiers and other chavista thugs chasing, beating, and shooting unarmed protesters have circulated around the world since last month’s election. …

Or in other words, they’re behaving exactly as they did under Chavez’.

Post-election analyses have shown that even many of those who had supported caudillo Hugo Chávez before his recent death were among a majority of Venezuelans who voted for change last month. And that majority now has no choice but to resist the Cuban-backed regime that cannot hold on to power, let alone govern, unless it uses violence against the Venezuelan people.

Expecting Maduro to behave differently than his former boss is what I would expect from progressives. Anyone else should have figured out by now that in a culture which tends to breed brutal dictators, those who can count on apologists from the ranks of the “enlightened” in the developed world will feel the freest to indulge themselves in their Platonic/Robespierresque fantasies.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 1, 2013 at 9:32 PM

We can only pray that our conservative legislators, in both chambers, would do the same. I can’t tell you how much I’d give to see some jabs and right hooks on the faces of some of the wussy-Ds and -Rs, for that matter.

This would be must-see TV, for sure, and would raise the Q-factor among the LIVs for the Republicans who threw some great punches and groin kicks.

TXUS on May 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Lindsay Grhamnesty, John “My Friends” McCant, and John Bohenor all fight like girls.

Myron Falwell on May 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Lindsay Grhamnesty, John “My Friends” McCant, and John Bohenor all fight like girls.

Myron Falwell on May 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

And why I qualified my remarks. Agreed.

TXUS on May 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

The question that I BELIEVE this leaves us with is:

Has there been ENOUGH Violence in Venezuela Over This?

williamg on May 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

…I know some politicians in DC…I would like to look like that!
…I wouldn’t mind being their make-up artist!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_Brooks

unclesmrgol on May 2, 2013 at 12:12 AM

He is primarily remembered for severely beating Senator Charles Sumner

For a split second I read that as Charles Schumer, and found myself rooting for the guy.

Seriously though, easy to notice even back then that it tends to be the opponents of freedom that always jump to beating. Nasty freedom lovers standing in the way with their principles? Time to resort to thuggery. Original rabid supporters of slavery, 20th and 21st century union thugs and corruptocrats forcing us all into slavery, Venezuelan tinpot dictators overseeing a nation of slaves… nothing new under the sun.

Gingotts on May 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Not that I want our government to engage in unneccessary spending, especially now, but… I may be misinterpreting this article, but it sounds like this is a test or prototype fuel cost for a evaluation test program. I am assuming the company supplying the fuel is not in regular production with this fuel. The cost per gallon is not really out of line with my experience with the cost of prototype parts for my industry versus standard production costs. In our case we do not have production tools yet and there are a lot of slow & expensive prototype processes. In the case of a prototype fuel I would imagine they either run a small batch refining process or have to shut down production equipment and set up a short run, then clean the system out to go back to standard production product. Both ways would be a much more expensive process. Again I don’t think we should be doing this testing while we are running monster deficits, but the costs are probably not too far out of line. FWIW

long dogs on May 4, 2013 at 12:20 AM