The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, emphasized on Monday that a people’s rebellion on April 13th, 2002, was the synthesis of 200 years of struggle; a day that marked the beginning of the anti-imperialist and socialist revolution in Venezuela.
During a ceremony marking the 7th Anniversary of National Dignity Rescue Day at the Cipriano Castro barracks in Caracas, the President also noted that this day was the synthesis of two prior days: February 27th, 1989 and February 4, 1992.
President Chávez said that on February 27th, the Venezuelan people did not have soldiers to go out and defend them; as such, they were massacred during an uprising against imperialism and an unpatriotic Venezuelan bourgeoisie.
“Meanwhile, on February 4th, rebel soldiers who went out by the thousands in various cities throughout the country were left alone. We had hoped that day would mark a great civil-military rebellion, but it did not happen,” the President explained.
He stressed that April 13th was the day that two unfinished rebellions joined together during a massive popular demonstration that shook the entire world.
“April 13th, 2002 was the day of the great Venezuelan civil-military, anti-imperialist revolution; the great revolution of April. And not only did it synthesize two previously incomplete events, but it was also the synthesis of 200 years of struggle,” Chávez noted.
Finally, the President urged that every facet of this important day should be recognized since it is unprecedented in history.
“We are in an opportune time to remember and commemorate our deepest political [and] ideological convictions, and our strong resolve to be free, to have a homeland,” President Chávez highlighted.
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / April 13, 2009