Popular uprising against Chavez

Original text 19:48 – There have been twitter rumors for hours about a popular uprising south of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. The military was sent out to confiscate private farms but were stopped by farmers, led by 92-year old Jesus “Chucho” Melean. Later tanks were called for allegedly, but neighbours and students are joining the farmers, and an uprising has been called, according to twitter messages. Follow on twitter, hash tag #SurDelLago

El Peonio, Venezuela, 2010-12-18
El Peonio, Venezuela, 2010-12-18

Update 24:00 – During the evening twitter messages reported that tanks had been called in against the rebelling farmers. There were also reports that the uprising had spread to other cities, at least a half dozen. Furthermore, mass meetings have been called for tomorrow morning, at 8 or 9 AM depending on location. Finally, there was an urgent tweet less than two hours ago that a battle was ongoing at the finca El Peonio, from where the above photo was taken earlier during the day (image source: http://yfrog.com/hs6fmj).

Background: DN (Swedish), El Universal (Spanish)