|A selfie with the crowd in back, as Venezuelans voted today on Plaza Bolivar.|
|'The people decide!|
The opposition's positions will win overwhelmingly - and the government will ignore it and continue
with carreening toward dictatorship. On July 30, the government plans to hold a vote vote to elect an assembly to rewrite the nation's Constitution. But the voting system and representation were designed by the Venezuelan government to guarantee itself a majority.
|The people decide!, on three |
questions designed to
weaken the government.
The government in Caracas has also used its packed Supreme Court to nullify all decisions taken by parliament, which is overwhelmingly dominated by the opposition.
Today's ballot, designed and promoted by the MUD opposition coalition to Venezuelan Pres. Nicolás Maduro, contained three questions:
- Do you reject the constitutional assembly planned by Nicolas Maduro without the previous approval of the Venezuelan people?
- Do you demand that the armed forces and all public functionaries obey the 1999 Constitution and back the decisions of the National Assembly.
|'Gochos united in Bogotá.' Gochos are people |
born in the Venezuelan state of Tachira.
Many observers believe that in Venezuela power ultimately rests with the military. Opposition leaders argue that the government has violated the 1999 Constitution, written under the leadership of the now-deceased Hugo Chavez and would like the military to refuse to obey the government.
.Whatever happens in Venezuela: Continued crisis, outright dictatorship, revolution or civil war, it will mean huge impacts on Colombia, in terms of trade and immigration.
|In a celebratory mood, Venezuelans oppositionists line up to vote on Plaza Bolivar.|
|Painting Venezuelan flags.|
|A Venezuelan exile's sign: 'Maduro, it's your fault that my children miss their grandparents.'|
|Venezuelan government opponents pack the Plaza Bolivar.|
|Venezuelans walk to vote.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours