July 17, 2017

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: 1 Person Has Been Killed and 4 Wounded During Voting in Venezuela.

More than 7 million Venezuelans cast symbolic votes rejecting President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to retool the constitution in a strong but not overwhelming showing that left the opposition facing tough choices two weeks before the socialist leader seeks to reshape the country’s political system.

Sunday’s vote was marred by violence when a 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded by gunfire after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in western Caracas.

Analysts said the 7,186,170 votes for the opposition across Venezuela and the country’s diaspora around the world was an impressive show of support. However, it fell short of the opposition’s 7.7 million-vote showing in 2015 legislative elections and the 7.5 million votes that brought Maduro to power in 2013. Opposition leaders said that was because it was only able to set up 2,000 polling places in a symbolic exercise the government labeled as illegitimate.

It’s impressive that the opposition was able to do this at all, much less come close to Maduro’s inflated total from 2013.