Capriles Radonski starts the race for Venezuelan president
Leaving! The renowned phrase used by sports commentator Alí Khan to announce the beginning of a horse race was the only thing missing in the march of challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski held on Sunday in Caracas to enroll as presidential candidate for the election of next October 7.
While organizers convened a walk, the candidate for opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) would jog under a rain of confetti and fireworks. Such was the pace for some of the 10 kilometers that led him and his supporters through different Caracas avenues to the National Electoral Council (CNE), downtown Caracas.
The challenger's decision to engage in a marathon made quite a few compare his fitness with that of President Hugo Chávez, almost 18 years older than the Miranda state governor and diagnosed with a cancer of indeterminate nature.
The opposition march of Sunday was Capriles Radonski's first rally during pre-electioneering.
In Paris, Toronto and San Juan, Puerto Rico, there were rallies as well.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."