Venezuela's Maduro: A Curse on Opposition

Capriles responds that real curse would be continuing Chavez legacy

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 7, 2013 6:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – There's a week left in Venezuela's presidential campaign, and for those voters still sitting on the fence, Hugo Chavez's handpicked heir is offering up a little incentive in the form of a curse on those who would vote against him. "If anyone among the people votes against Nicolas Maduro, he is voting against himself, and the curse of Maracapana is falling on him," said Maduro, referring to a 16th century battle in which Spaniards vanquished indigenous fighters. "If the bourgeoisie win," he continued, "they are going to privatize health and education, they are going to take land from the Indians, the curse of Maracapana would come on you."

Opposition candidate Enrique Capriles, whom Maduro recently and bizarrely proclaimed was being targeted by American right-wing groups, dismissed the rhetoric, notes the BBC. "Anyone who threatens the people, who tells the people a curse can fall on them, has no right to govern this country," he told a rally. "I tell you here, all Venezuelans, the real curse is that little group that we are going to get rid of on April 14." The election is next Sunday.

Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Valencia, Venezuela, Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro does a military salute to supporters during a campaign rally in Valencia. Venezuela, Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles greets supporters as he campaigns in Maracay, Venezuela, Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro clenches his fist to greet supporters from the top of a vehicle as he campaigns in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Maracay, Venezuela, Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro gestures to supporters as he campaigns in San Carlos, in Cojedes state, Venezuela, Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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