Chávez: "We feel blessed by God with this rain"
President Hugo Chávez delivered a 32-minute speech to his followers from a tribune in Bolívar Avenue, downtown Caracas, Venezuela's capital city, in his final remarks as candidate for reelection
Under the rain, Chávez said: "We have been bathed with the holly water of the St Francis' downpour. We feel blessed by God with this rain. It is the prelude of what is going to happen on Sunday. Chávez is to win on October 7."
He highlighted the welfare programs created in his government and warned that if his contender, opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, wins the election, he would eliminate those programs. Chávez also promised to eradicate unemployment by the end of the following term in 2019.
The presidential hopeful made an appeal to his followers to vote from very early in the morning on October 7. "This bolivarian landslide needs to be turned into a landslide of ballots. Everybody votes Chávez on October 7. The victory is indisputable. We are going to beat them. It will be a great victory, the bolivarian victory, the people's victory," he foresaw.
Pro-government sectors organized a rally on seven avenues in downtown Caracas, Venezuela's capital city: México, Universidad, Urdaneta, Fuerzas Armadas, Lecuna, and Baralt avenues.
After ending his speech, President Chávez started a caravan across Bolívar Avenue and Caracas downtown.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.