Maduro: "I am certain that Chávez supporters did not vote out of sorrow"
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro urged the opposition to take a stance regarding the alleged fraud
The purpose is "to pique them for the battle for the homeland" and make them vote in the upcoming local polls of December 8.
"Many fellow citizens would rather stay at home out of sadness. That happened here. I have the names. They are revolutionary fellow citizens overwhelmed by sorrow," the president said at the end of the so-called Street Government, in Apure state.
Clamoring for "fair trial"
The president lamented that the opposition, after claiming fraud in the presidential election "and launching its fascist hordes" to the streets "and causing quite a few killings, now are asking for indulgence." In this regard, he strongly recommended taking a final stance.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.