Hugo Chavez was his undemocratic self yesterday when he adressed the more than 800 delegates of MVR’s Patriotic Council. Chavez said in no uncertain terms: “The recall referendum will not happen” (El referendo no va). Now, you have to understand that the referendum is a Constitutional right, which has to take place no more than 90 days after the petition is handed in. The opposition has more than twice the required signatures for the petition. Thus, how does he plan to stop it? The only way is by using tricks or stepping out of democracy. In the end, both are the same, anyway.