Sunday, February 05, 2006

The red hordes 

On Saturday Febuary 4th, there was a huge pro-Chavez march in Caracas to commemerate the anniversary of Chavez's coup attempt back on that date in 1992. Now, I may not be a big fan of celebrating coup attemps but from can be seen the march was largely celebratory of the accomplishments of the past seven years of Chavez. Here are a couple photos from Aporrea:

The definitive account of the march is by Luigino Bracci Roa over at his blog “El Espacio de Lubrio”. It has lots of very good pictures (so do check it out) and according to him it was easily the largest pro-Chavez demonstration ever. The huge march would be filing past the same point for 5 or 6 hours. Apparently the whole city was red (which even some opposition sites couldn’t help but notice) with people wearing Chavista T-shirts.

Now, a march is just a march. Politically people are taken account of by their votes at the ballot box. So not too much should be made of a march like this. Still, having been at previous ones, they are festive and good fun. Would have been nice to be there.


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