Photo tweeted by opposition TV channel RCTV, showing supposed incineration of Sunday’s election materials. Only it’s not from Sunday…
Hidey-ho, good readers! And welcome to another chapter of VenOpIronía, in which everything old is suddenly new again. And in which black is white, day is night, wrong is right, and truth is shite. And in which someone is committing a fraud in order to accuse somebody else of committing a fraud. Here’s the story:
From Web pages such as La Patilla, and from Twitter and Facebook accounts from such communication media as RCTV, members of the opposition are divulging photos of the destruction of electoral materials, dating to August 21, 2012, and September 19, 2010, but presented as if they had been taken today. This intensified after Wilmer Azuaje, ex-deputy from Barinas, tweeted some photos of supposed electoral materials found today along a public roadway in Barinas.
La Patilla published the photos, showing that the ballot papers, strangely, hadn’t been folded.
From that moment on, social network users of the opposition began spreading, via Facebook and Twitter, numerous photos of electoral materials being incinerated.
But information specialist Feijoo Jiménez and other Twitter users showed us that the images tweeted come from the CNE [National Electoral Council of Venezuela] web page and from media revealing that the dates of the burnings had been from 2010 and 2012. This is the CNE photo gallery in which the 2010 event appears.
We believe that the publication of false photos is being used by radical sectors of the opposition to whip up their supporters, convince them of a supposed fraud with the votes, and to follow the line dictated by the anti-Chavista candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski, who is calling on his followers to gather on Tuesday and Wednesday at the CNE offices to demand a recount of the votes. In a press conference on Monday, Capriles assured that there had indeed been destruction of electoral materials. “We can’t lose the materials. Our desires is that tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, or today, this conflict will be resolved,” he said.
Translation mine. Links as in original. Don’t be too surprised if the ones from La Patilla, El Universal or Wilmer Azuaje’s tweeter go dead quickly; since the fraud has now been found out, it’s only a matter of time before the perpetrators try to cover their naked butts. Luckily, Aporrea included some screen-grabs of their handiwork:
El Universal web page from 2010, showing old ballot boxes being incinerated. This is common, official, post-electoral practice, as you can see in these individual shots:
A soldier pours gasoline on old ballot boxes in bags, which are about to be incinerated. If this were a case of furtive destruction of incriminating materials, why would he be doing it by day, and in uniform?
A firefighter oversees the incineration. Again, note that it’s broad daylight, and he’s in full uniform, making no effort to hide what he is doing. Would he be doing this if it were a fraud?
La Patilla photo of supposed electoral material by a roadside, showing ballots not folded as they would have been had they been cast as actual votes*. Folding ballots before casting them is common practice in Venezuela, as it is here in Canada. No word on what a box of unfolded ballots is doing by the roadside where it just happened to be stumbled on by a rabid anti-Chavista!
And finally, there’s this:
A screenshot of the CNE official page, showing thumbnails of the shots of the soldier and the firefighter doing their jobs during a routine incineration at a previous event. Could the RCTV twitpic have come from a gallery like this? Wouldn’t surprise me if it had. RCTV is well known for falsifying things in order to paint a dire picture of Bolivarian Venezuela…
Look, oppos, I can understand the losing side in any close race wanting a recount. I’m for it in this case myself, if only to prove that Nicolás Maduro didn’t win by as narrow a margin as is currently claimed (remember, he had a huge lead.) But if this is the way you’re gonna go about it, you’re only setting yourselves up for another big failure. You’re already looking not only like fascists, but like fools. Go the official route and make the demand legally, or STFU.
*PS: The individual who spread this photo has been identified and arrested. Story from Aporrea:
The person who passed off images of electoral material from the 2010 election as that of April 14 has been detained.
So says press chief Jorge Galindo, of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice, via his Twitter account, @JorgeGalindoMIJ:
“The individual who published an image of electoral materials from 2010 with the intent to destabilize has been detained.”
The detainee’s name is Andrés Rondón Sayago and he is an employee of security for a private TV station, adds Galindo. He appeared today in court, Galindo also announced.