The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, today remembered the historical events that lead to Venezuela’s Declaration of Independence on April 19, 1810.
President Chávez highlighted the actions taken by the country’s pardos – descendants of Venezuela’s white and colored inhabitants – a group that participated in the building of Venezuela’s independence. “These soldiers captured Spanish officers and took them to the port to expel them from the nation,” he explained.
“Here April 19 is not over; the revolution is not over either,” emphasized the Venezuelan head of state, who detailed the work of all Venezuelan people that participated in the independence process.
President Chavez said, “Today, 200 years later, we are here fighting for our independence.” He also listed the events to take place in the nation’s capital, Caracas, to commemorate Venezuela’s independence.
Early in the morning a floral tribute was laid out in the National Pantheon – where Venezuela’s independence heroes are buried – after which a parade took place along a boulevard of Caracas and a solemn event at the National Assembly later in the afternoon took place. Furthermore, the IX Summit of Presidents and Heads of State of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) was to begin in Caracas. ALBA is a regional integration initiative made up of the countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela.
Bolivarian News Agency, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office / April 19, 2010