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April 2, 2014

Venezuela Holds Presidential Election But Main Opposition Is Boycotting It

When Ariles Lpez takes a break from her fruit stall and begins to describe her life in Venezuela, there is a moment when she chokes up and begins to cry.

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Lpez, who’s 47, is among those Venezuelans who say they will vote in Sunday’s election, cheap moncler jackets despite a widely held view that it’s a fraudulent exercise calculated to keep President Nicols Maduro in power.

She is desperate for change, after a year of personal hardship that underscores the scale of the multilayered catastrophe that is engulfing Venezuela: hyperinflation, widespread hunger, deaths from preventable diseases, moncler factory outlet and a wave https://www.beautylyrics.com of deadly crime.

Lpez’s husband was killed last July at a gas station near the fruit and vegetable market in east Caracas where he once worked and where she now runs their stall singlehandedly, selling mangos and plums.

buy moncler jackets She says he was accosted by two men trying to steal his cellphone. “I don’t know if he struggled with them, but they shot him in the chest, and took his phone,” she says. “He lasted five days in hospital, and then died.” buy moncler jackets

A few months later, Lpez’s diabetic mother became ill and fell into a coma because she was unable to find medicines to control her blood sugar levels. Lpez says she issued an appeal on Facebook, and eventually found someone in Caracas who had the right medication, and was willing to sell it. Her mother survived.

Lpez pulls out her cellphone and proudly shows a photograph of a third family member: her 2 month old granddaughter Brianna.

cheap moncler outlet The other day, the baby developed a stomach sickness. It cost two thirds of Venezuela’s monthly minimum wage to buy a tiny jar of medicine, says Lpez. “She’s better now. moncler outlet But moncler sale it’s hard to get stuff for the baby. and joining one of the many food lines that snake along the streets of Caracas, she adds. cheap moncler outlet

cheap moncler jackets Stories of similar ordeals are common among Venezuelans, who moncler outlet uk are enduring an exhausting daily struggle to survive, coupled with moncler outlet jackets constant anxiety and fear. For many, the worsening moncler sale outlet economic crisis and a deep distrust of the government seem to have corroded their appetite for or faith in politics. The run up to the election has been remarkably lackluster. cheap moncler jackets

moncler sale outlet Yet Lpez has become determined to vote, even though she, too, doubts whether the election will be fair. She supports an evangelical candidate, Javier Bertucci. moncler sale outlet

cheap moncler sale “The longer [Maduro and the ruling socialist party] are in power, the harder it is to imagine them leaving,” she says. “But I say that all Venezuelans should get out and vote, after everything we’ve been through, and tackle everything that’s happening to us.” cheap moncler sale

moncler outlet online That message is shared by a figure who has come to dominate debate surrounding Venezuela’s election: Henri Falcn, 56, a former state governor who broke with the ruling party in 2010 and is now President Maduro’s main challenger. Venezuelans appear divided over what to make cheap moncler outlet of Falcn’s candidacy. moncler outlet online

moncler mens jackets “I believe Mr. Falcn is part of the system we are trying to change,” said Mara Corina Machado, a prominent opposition leader. moncler mens jackets

moncler sale “There are many [vested] interests right now in our country [aiming] to keep the status quo,” she said. “Some people believe it will be possible for moncler outlet store Maduro to go, but leave all the mafias in place. That is not going to happen.” moncler sale

Yet Falcn insists the boycott plays into Maduro’s hands, and that you cannot defeat him unless you actually enter the contest. The president’s approval rating has hovered around 20 percent, which is low compared with past support for his popular predecessor and mentor, the late Hugo Chvez. Some polls predict President Maduro earning more than that percentage of the vote on Sunday.

A re election would delight Nicols Barrios, moncler jackets outlet a 25 moncler outlet sale year old student who is an ardent supporter of Maduro. Barrios appears convinced by the Chavista argument that Venezuela’s problems are not of its own making, but the result of an economic war waged by the outside world, notably the Moncler Outlet United States.

moncler outlet sale Like many young people in Caracas, Barrios has seen friends leave the country to work abroad in search of work and income. His girlfriend has gone to Argentina, where she sells ice cream and earns more in a day that he can in a month. moncler outlet sale

cheap moncler jacket sale moncler He says she has been urging him to join her, but he steadfastly refuses to go. “She’s told me several times to come, but I don’t do it,” he says. “I don’t go, because this is my country and we have to stay and fight. I love her a lot, but she’s decided to leave, and cheap moncler coats I’m staying.” cheap moncler

moncler outlet store Lpez, the fruit seller, wishes she could go abroad, like the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who’ve left the country in recent years as the crisis worsened. That way she could earn some hard currency to support her family. Her brother has migrated cheap moncler jackets sale to Colombia, where he washes cars. moncler outlet store

monlcer down jackets Yet when Lpez applied for a passport this week, she says she was told must pay a $700 bribe a sum way beyond her means. It reinforced her view that change is urgently needed. monlcer down jackets

moncler outlet “What we are going through in Venezuela is very sad,” says Lpez. “A lot of mothers are sending their children out to find food. You see kids in dumpsters looking for food.” moncler outlet

She’s worried about what will happen after the election, if Maduro remains, as she only sees Venezuela’s crisis getting worse. “I’m very afraid,” she says. “All the people are afraid.”.

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