Anti-chavez extremists wish an authoritarian government

Apr 06. ABN.- A survey carried out by researchers from the Centro Gumilla in Venezuela determined that only 9 percent of Venezuelans, which is the total of the far right-wing in the country, wish a dictatorship.

According to the report published in the opposing newspaper El Universal, more than the half of the people that want an authoritarian regime live in Zulia state (Venezuela’s northwest) and a fourth from the Andean region of the country (Venezuela’s west).

The zones in which that 9 percent live have been led by right-wing parties. Among their “leaders” are the Venezuelan fugitive of justice Manuel Rosales; his successor in the Governor’s Office in Zulia, Pablo Perez; and the Governor of Tachira state, Cesar Perez Vivas.

In contrast, the survey recognized that 64 percent of Venezuelans trust in socialism as the ideological and political model to achieve country’s development and progress. Likewise, the same proportion of the sample considers positive the administration of the President of Venezuela, the state-own oil industry (Pdvsa), and Army Forces.

Media manipulation

Although the results presented by the Centro Gumilla are categorical, regarding the support of majorities to the Bolivarian Government, international rightists titled in their media: “Only 9 percent of Venezuelans support Chavez.”

“One of the most protuberant elements of the study is that only 9 percent of the sample sympathize with the authoritarian characteristic of Chavez,” as read in the website of Infobae, just like many other media around the world that manipulated the information in the same way.

Solidarity versus Individualism

The report highlights that the majority (64%), sympathetic to socialism, base their values on “solidarity, fraternity, equality and love.”

Socialist population, which belongs to the majoritarian social classes in Venezuela (C and D), trusts in Communal Councils and believe “they are the solution for more participation.”

Likewise, they consider that “Government is the one in charge of satisfying people’s needs.”

Furthermore, the same sector recognizes that the main values of the current democracy in Venezuela are: participation, freedom of expression, social equity, right to study, participation in the governmental programs, and freedom and transparency in the elections.

The Centro Gumilla adds that the socialist sector trusts in this model, because “in a democracy, every person has the right to express his/her opinion about the problems of his/her community.”

All these characteristics, the report concludes, make the socialist sector “the most tolerant and willing to debate.” Also, this group is the less tolerant towards other countries meddling in Venezuelan affairs.

In contrast to socialists, the Venezuelan right wing (43%), denominated “liberal democrats” in the report, agree with the meddling or invasion of any other country in Venezuela “as long as the country progress.” This group that represents 27% of the total sample belongs to the higher socio-economic classes (A, B and C).

Likewise, they believe that State participation should be limited and leave “a wide margin for private initiatives.”

This right-wing, mainly located in Caracas, Venezuela’s center and Zulia do not trust in public powers, do not agree with a participatory democracy and “value the Catholic Church, universities, students, opposition parties and media;” that is to say, the main counterrevolutionary forces.

Polarization and intervention of politicized elites

Moreover, the study points out that “polarization”, which is constantly denounced by the right-wing parties through private media, “is more a thing of politicized elites.”

“Venezuelans have a consensus agenda to develop a political program,” as read in one of the conclusions.

Freedom of expression, opinion and exchange of ideas

In reference to democratic participation and freedom of expression and opinion in Venezuela, the report reads: “The President (Hugo) Chavez has been a key proposing ideas continuously, activating positins in favor or against.”

Likewise, the Centro Gumilla considers that the role of President Chavez in the exchange of ideas is accompanied by “a scenery of important changes that has generated large debates, in which Venezuelan public opinion has participated thanks to the socialization of the mass media.”


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