I am pleased to report that Capriles petition of doing a long cacerolazo at 8 PM has been a major success. In San Felipe we started at 8 sharp and after half an hour we got tired and went home. And in the silence of our block we could hear the rumor from all around us!!!!!! Even now, diner quickly dispatched and opening for a quick note, I can still hear stuff!!!!! It has also been taken up by CNNE and NTN24 from Colombia who are showing it live in their screens.
Cacerolazo is that old habit of LatAm protest, the first major historical demonstration was the protest against the failed rule of Allende. This one had destroyed really fast agricultural production and thus homemakers getting upset about increasing food shortages started banging their pots in the middle of the street.
During the 2002 -2004 period cacerolazos were frequent but subsidized to brief occasional episodes. Tonight marks the strongest pot banging that I recall ever, and all because of the CNE fraud yesterday, conjugated with increasing food shortages.
There is no honey moon for Maduro whatsoever. He should be deeply embarrassed to have his first night as "president" marred by such a gigantic national protest. But he is a thug with zero scruples. I think he'll sleep alright until eventually he starts understanding that people putting up with the infernal noise of pot banging for at least half an hour mean business.
By the way, I got a personal satisfaction out of it. My neighbor is chavista but well behaved (precision intended). Still he has been bothering me at each election with his car covered with pro Chavez posters. Tonight the whole street, almost, was out banging and the poor guy turned off all of his lights. Another one who I did not know was chavista (but suspected) stood in front his home looking nastily at us for a while until he gave up and got inside. And, oh surprise, a woman who voted for Chavez last year was with us pot banging......... Now we all know who's who in our block. This is what chavismo and fascism does to social structure. And they started, sorry. Remember Tascon?