I was pretty sure when I saw the polls over the last couple of months. But I was damn sure when I saw pictures of the three million people who rallied in Caracas on Thursday. In the pouring rain.
Three. Million. People.
Even the French and Italians don't rack up numbers like that for political events. Here in Canada we could have feverish dreams of something like that.
Relatively unnoticed in the mainstream press, this is in fact probably one of the most important events of the year, in terms of the ongoing struggle between the banksters, militarists and assorted other powerst that be on one hand and the people of the world on the other. Venezuela keeps progressing, the Bolivarian revolution continues, El Proceso has a chance to keep on deepening. The US does not get to start rolling back the Latin American resistance to imperialism. Long live the people of Venezuela and their struggle to take control of their country from plutocrats, clientelism and paternalist bureaucrats!
I'll be all sarcastic and cynical and depressed again tomorrow. But right now, I'm enjoying that rare event: The good guys won, the bad guys lost. Woohoo!