Festive Left Friday Blogging: Viva Repechaje!

The man with the megaphone calls himself Repechaje, and in the afternoons he can be seen rapping in the Plaza Bolívar, Caracas, expounding on his support for Chavecito, the dangers of US imperialism, the political interference of the archbishops (and other religious leaders), and the importance of opposing violence. People like him are the unseen faces of the Venezuelan revolution; contrary to what the lamestream media up here would have us believe, it is NOT a one-man show. Street politicians abound in Venezuela, as do street activists. It’s no coincidence that during the coup of ’02, it was concerted street activism — and word of mouth — that reversed the fascist putsch and brought back Chavecito. There are millions like Repechaje, even if not all of them can be seen daily in the Plaza Bolívar with megaphones.

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2 Responses to Festive Left Friday Blogging: Viva Repechaje!

  1. Cort Greene says:

    With fear and speculation running wild and being spread over the health of President Chavez, many within the opposition in Venezuela, US media commentators and government mouthpieces have been forecasting( wishing in many cases) what and who follows if the president does make it through this differcult time, for myself I hope he recovers with full health.

    Names from those within the bureaucracy, such as Diosdado Cabello, Elias Jaua and Nicolas Maduro are being put forth ( they do seem to be jockeying for position) but most of these are despised and not trusted by the rank and file militants and grassroots of the Bolivarian revolution for many different reasons.

    Some have even mentioned Adan Chavez and the presidents daughters Maria Gabriela and Rose Virginia but in the long run, it will be those same rank and file militants and grassroots that will decide the fate of the revolution.

    Forward to socialism!

    Rojo Rojito

    • Sabina Becker says:

      Well, with all due respect to Chavecito’s ministers, the US forecasters have been full of shit on this one. The constitution quite clearly lays out what the interim succession is to be: first in line is the vice president, and if s/he is unable to govern, the president of the National Assembly steps in. But this succession only holds until the PSUV elects a new leader (and, as you say, that’s the grassroots’ job!) and there’s another federal election. Meaning that the real power stays in the hands of the people, where it belongs. Our lovely stupid anglo whore media forget that Venezuela is no longer the Puntofijista banana republic of their wet dreams.

      In the meantime, here’s hoping that Chavecito’s latest round of treatments does its job. Good thing he’s getting them in Cuba, where the risk of sabotage by a gringo mole is virtually nil.

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