Yesterday, the presidential candidates started their respective campaigns; the ruling and president in charge, Nicolas Maduro, with a meeting with representatives of the Forum of Sao Paulo, and the opposition and leader of the Democratic Table, Henrique Capriles, with a march on Caracas against insecurity, as a preamble to the official start of the shortest and most aggresive campaign –according to analysts- in the history of Venezuela, in order to succeed the late Hugo Chavez. The campaign will last for 10 days.
Capriles, surrounded by thousands of fans, closed the event with a speech in which he said he is “standing to invite all the people of Venezuela to defeat violence. I want to build a country for you, for Venezuelans, for peace, for tranquility, “he said.
Meanwhile, Maduro holds high the same call of bringing “socialist revolution” to a point of no return, while filling his speeches with spiritual messages and crosses himself in the name of Chavez, pray, cry and even asks him for strenght.
This election campaign promises to stir violence in the Bolivarian people, since Maduro, who has a majority of votes according to surveys, when referring to his rival Capriles, insults him, rejects his abilities and claims he is a “bourgeois” ready to destroy all social programs of the dead leader of the left movement, thus fueling the hatred between the ruling movement and the opposition.
Maduro begins his campaign today in Barinas, the home state of the late Hugo Chavez, while Capriles, who was going to start in the same state, chose not to and changed his schedule to avoid an “encounter” with Maduro and will begin his campaign in the state of Monagas.