Seven Obstacles the Opposition Campaign in Venezuela Faces Daily

Maria Corina Machado goes to Abure in a curiara. Photo: Courtesy

Three weeks before Venezuela's presidential election, Chavismo will not stop planting fences to complicate the path of an opposition that, according to all polls, is on its way to ousting it from power after three decades. The tours of the country by María Corina Machado, a figurehead of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), and presidential candidate Edmundo González Urrutia have been the subject of numerous obstructions and attacks.

By Infobay

According to the complaints of journalist Luis Gonzalo Perez, a member of the MUD campaign committee, the Nicolás Maduro regime has adopted various strategies to prevent the normal development of activities organized by the opposition.

In a conversation with Infobae, Perez said the regime used official Venezuelan government vehicles to block roads and that these actions were orchestrated by pro-government groups.

“They have set up roadblocks in areas where Maria Corina's operations are planned. They cut down trees and cross them on highways or routes,” he said. Also, because of these interceptions, groups sent by the regime are waiting to attack caravans, attack vehicles and throw blunt objects, he said.

Here are seven of the most common traps the Chavista regime deploys daily to block opposition propaganda in Venezuela:

Obstacles on roads

One particular case occurred on the highway toward the state of Quartico, where, according to Pérez's story, “they warned that pro-government groups blocked the street to prevent María Corina Machado from passing.” This situation prevented them from taking planned action as they wanted to avoid clashes with people blocking the way.

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“I can tell you with confidence that the cars they use are even labeled with symbols of the Venezuelan state. They cut down trees and cross highways or trails,” the spokesperson said.

Apart from physical roadblocks, the regime has also implemented other tactics to slow down the campaign. The journalist noted that the closure of the bridge has forced the use of boats to cross from one state to another.


Perez also described the physical and verbal attacks they faced during the tour. He said that many times they were harassed and attacked by pro-government groups.

According to their story, they send people waiting for them into vehicles, block roads in trucks, and when they get close, they ambush to launch an attack.

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