Venezuela

Election campaign gets violent


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Clashes between supporters of incumbent president Hugo Chavez and opposition candidate Henrique Capriles have grown in the past week and become more violent.

The latest fight involved supporters of both sides in the northern city of Puerto Cabello, but there have been clashes in the capital Caracas as well.

Latest opinion polls show that Capriles has been closing the gap and the last two polls in August put the two candidates pretty much neck and neck. There are, however, a large number of undecided voters still to make up their minds before the 7th October poll.

Foreigners are not likely to be targeted during the many rallies and street clashes during the campaign but it is unadvisable to go near large gatherings or political rallies during the election campaign.

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