Unsurprisingly, Venezuela has been hit by political violence:
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles demanded justice on Sunday for the shooting of three of his activists while President Hugo Chavez promised to run a more efficient government if he wins next weekend’s election.
With the South American OPEC member’s October 7 presidential vote shaping into a close fight, tensions are high, and the worst violence of the campaign occurred on Saturday when gunmen killed three pro-Capriles activists in Barinas state.
“Yesterday, sadly, violence took three lives, something that should never have happened,” Capriles told a vast rally in Caracas that appeared to be the largest of his campaign.
“I want to tell their families, and those angels in heaven, that we are going to defeat violence on the 7th of October.”
Capriles’ Primero Justicia (Justice First) party said the assailants had fired from a van, which witnesses identified as belonging to a state institution, after Chavez supporters blocked an opposition motorcade.
In the event that the allegations are true–and I for one would not be surprised in the least if they are–will Jimmy Carter reconsider his statement that the political process in Venezuela is ”the best in the world”?
Or is that expecting too much?