Venezuela post-election: Nicolás Maduro and opponent blame each other for violence


Venezuelan presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles, gestures during a campaign rally in Naguanagua, Carabobo state, Venezuela, on March 21, 2013.


Leo Ramirez

Venezuela's newly elected president Nicolás Maduro and his rival Henrique Capriles are accusing each other of  the post-election violence that  left seven people dead.

Capriles, Venezuela's opposition leader, called off a peaceful march by his supporters in Caracas because he says that  Maduro supporters planned to  infiltrate the rally. He had planned a march to demand a full vote recount.

"The illegitimate one and his government ordered that there be violence to avoid a vote count! They are the ones responsible,"  he announced

Venezuela's newly-elected president Nicolás Maduro has in turn taken to national television to blame Capriles for the violence. 

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Maduro cut into regular television and radio programming three times with broadcasts shouting critiques at Capriles, comparing the opposition to Nazi Germany, among other extreme accusations.

“The march to the center of Caracas will not be permitted,” Maduro said in his first broadcast from a government-run health clinic,  the New York Times reported.

However, there is some evidence that Maduro supporters are in fact causing violence.  An Associated Press journalist witnessed  a pro-government gang toss a firebomb into an opposition party office, and three journalists from a local newspaper said they were put in jail overnight for interviewing families that had been harassed by a pro-government gang.