October 10, 2002

VENEZUELA UPDATE: Jorge Schmidt emails:

Venezuelan media report that more than a million people are marching against the Chavez government. They call for his resignation and early elections. If the date for new elections is not announced in the next ten days, there will be a general strike beginning on October 21st. There has been sporadic violence, mainly outside Caracas, as Chavez supporters blocked roads leading to the city.

But the political opposition to Chavez remains fragmented. Unless they field but one candidate, it's possible Chavez could win another election on the strength of his hard-core base.

The BBC has a report here. And here is a post from El Sur with links to many photos. Scroll up and down for more information.