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article imageMaduro accused Washington of being behind post-election violence

By Eko Armunanto     May 5, 2013 in World
Banging pans, and holding banners for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, the protesters chanted “Cubans out”. The Capriles’ supporters arrived at the CDI about 4:30 pm demanding the eviction of the Cuban doctors – Havana Times reported
After returning to work following Sunday’s presidential elections, the Cuban doctors in Venezuela had to return to their homes on Monday due to the instability that has taken hold in the South American country since Nicolas Maduro was pronounced the winner by a relatively small margin. Havana Times said the protesters threw a Molotov cocktail at CDI’s (Integral Diagnostic Center) Rehabilitation Center, in an area where fortunately there were no patients or medical personnel.
Washington Post launched an editorial “Nicolas Maduro shoves aside democracy in Venezuela” telling that Venezuelan regime appeared to be preparing to maintain itself in power through brute force — and the oil-producing country was headed for a crisis that demands the attention of the United States and Latin America’s democracies.
Following the election result, and responding to the claim of Venezuela’s government that seven people had already been killed in post-election clashes and that a coup was being prepared, the editorial further noted:
“In fact, if anyone is preparing a coup, it is Mr. Maduro and his Cuban advisers. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski has put forward a peaceful and reasonable demand: that an audit be undertaken of the suspect presidential vote count. Mr. Maduro himself said Sunday that he would agree to a recount — but on Monday the electoral commission he controls abruptly ratified a result that gave him a margin of 260,000 votes out of 14.8 million cast. The narrow outcome clearly shocked the Chavistas, who had already installed Mr. Maduro in the presidency by unconstitutional means; they expected that their domination of the media and orchestration of voting by state employees would produce an easy victory and legitimize the regime’s continuation.”
Concluding its editorial, Washington Post said US government should begin coordinating with Mexico, Chile and other important Latin American democracies to prevent Maduro from killing his way into power.
Opposing the editorial board, Stephen Lendman from Global Research said the election process was validated as scrupulously open, free and fair. “The result is indisputable,” he said. Referring to the State Department spokesman Patrick Ventell who alleged that the election process was full of irregularities, Lendmand said, “The vote’s been certified. It’s accurate. Maduro’s been elected. Audit results verify it. Washington doesn’t recognize it. It’s no surprise. What’s ahead bears close watching. Post-electoral violence continues. Washington’s long arm orchestrates it. Doing so colludes with internal dark forces.”
According to Ventell, the US continues to believe that resolving the voting irregularities and the calls for a recount would do much to ensure that the Venezuelan people feel included in the process and that their democratic aspirations are being met. Asked whether Washington intends to congratulate Maduro on his victory, he added “We’re not there.”
Nicolas Maduro himself had openly labeled his U.S. counterpart the “grand chief of devils” after President Barack Obama avoided recognizing his victory in the presidential elections and cautioned against a crackdown on dissent. Maduro pointed fingers saying “The United States embassy has financed all the acts of violence in this country. I will use a hard hand against fascism and intolerance. I declare it. If they want to overthrow me, come and get me. Here I am with the people and the armed forces.”
He asked Venezuelans “Decide who you are with, with the country and peace and the people, or are you going to go back to be with fascism?”
U.S. government encouraged a vote recount much like the one being requested by the opposition, which says it has documented thousands of cases of voter fraud and intimidation that tipped the result in the ruling socialist party's favor. However, according to BBC, the National Electoral Council in Venezuela has so far refused to order one, and the Supreme Court said on Wednesday that there was no legal basis for it. UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) has called an emergency meeting for Thursday to discuss the situation in Venezuela. UNASUR members Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru have already recognized the election results.
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