Constitutional reform referendum," scheduled to take place on December 2.
Coalition for November 3
Destabilizing plan: "ALL MEANS POSSIBLE..."
- massive protest on Saturday, November 3,
- demanding that the National Electoral Council suspend the constitutional reform referendum.
- to coincide with the foundation of the Bank of the South,
The coalition includes
- Alianza Bravo Pueblo (Brave People's Alliance), Antonio Ledezma
- Acción Democrática (Democratic Action),
- Bandera Roja (Red Flag),
- Alianza Popular (Popular Alliance)Claudio Fermin,
- Comando Nacional de la Resistencia (National Resistance Commando), Hermann Escarrá
Opposition student groups,
- calling for the referendum to be postponed.
- demonstrated against the reforms on Tuesday(October 23, 2007)
- have planned another protest at the CNE tomorrow (October 27, 2007)
- planning acts to destabilize the country in the lead up to the referendum, such as possible sabotage of the metro system in Caracas.
priority for the opposition is not whether to participate in the referendum or to abstain, but rather to mobilize against the reform.
- Coalition for November 3 "is to require the National Electoral Council (CNE) not to postpone, but to leave without effect the referendum for the reform."
- ...if the CNE "continues organizing the referendum it would be an incitement to the people."
- called for a "rebellion" in Venezuela shortly after the constitutional reform was first proposed on August 15,
- "there is no electoral exit."
- the CNE and the electoral system in Venezuela is "fraudulent."
According to the results of a poll by the Venezuelan Institute for Data Analysis (IVAD) published in El Diario de Yaracuy on October 15,
- 50.6% of Venezuelans think the reforms are necessary, while
- 36.0% think they are not.
opposition has been divided over strategy
- some sectors calling for a "NO" vote, and
- others calling for abstention.
Opposition parties are divided and have not yet come on board the call for November 3.
- Un Nuevo Tiempo (A New Time)
- Primero Justicia (Justice First), Julio Borges
- Christian-democratic party COPEI,
some sectors calling for a "NO" vote, and others calling for abstention.
- "not convenient" to call for abstention in the constitutional reform referendum.
- argued that the construction of a "political centre" and opposition participation in the referendum was necessary "to curb the constitutional reform that President Chavez aims to implement."
National Assembly Deputy Dario Vivas announced
- campaign in support of the reforms organised by the Zamora Command, will be
- launched on Sunday November 4, with a
- massive national mobilization calling for a "YES" vote in the referendum,
- marching from Parque del Este, to Avenida Bolivar in Caracas.
"We are initiating our electoral campaign
- to diffuse [information] and
- to approve the constitutional project," and
- "to guarantee that the people determine their opinion in relation to the project,"
Vivas said that the demonstration in support of the reform was also
- "in response to the opposition sectors "that seek to impede by any means the democratic approval by the Venezuelan people of this constitution."