Quotable: Henry Ramos Allup on the death of Hugo Chávez


“I’m more afraid of Chávez physically dead than alive, because the opposition will be defeated in elections all over again.”

And of course, as head of the “liberal” Venezuelan opposition party Acción Democrática, the same to which the reviled, corrupt, and deposed ex-president Carlos Andrés Pérez belonged, Henry’s quite right to be afraid of Chavecito’s ghost. That party’s been discredited literally for decades and hasn’t a hope of ever returning to Miraflores (unless, maybe, it does a Dubya and steals an election). After all, the Caracazo massacre was ordered by one of their own. And the people have not forgotten that. Which means that Henry and his party are going to be haunted by a great many other ghosts.

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