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Bugle calls and insults at dawn for Venezuela vote

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Just try sleeping in on election day in Venezuela.

In the hilly eastern Caracas slum of Petare, a truck began blaring reveille from loudspeakers before 3 a.m. and a male voice urged people to get up and vote. The man’s voice also periodically insulted opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

A few hours later, a man on a motorcycle, his face covered with a red bandana, parked in front of a Petare polling station and sounded his bugle while a comrade yelled “Long Live Chavez!”

President Hugo Chavez faced the tightest re-election of his political career on Sunday after nearly 14 years in power and both sides have worked mightily to get out the vote.

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