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.
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.