*Also the representatives of 22 governments of Latin America and the
Caribbean countries meet Thursday in a shared meeting Petrocaribe-ALBA, in
Caracas, to reaffirm their support to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.*
Massive Rally in Venezuela to Support Absent Chavez on Inauguration Day
Jan 10th 2013
Punto Fijo, January 10th, 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) � Tens of thousands
of supporters gathered in Caracas today for a massive rally in support of
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and in response to the controversy
surrounding his absence on the January 10th inauguration day.
Still in Havana recovering from surgery, the Venezuelan head of state could
not be present for the customary swearing-in before the National Assembly.
The absence has generated much controversy among the Venezuelan opposition,
who claim that the current government should not continue in power without
the inauguration ceremony.
In response, the Chavez government organized a massive concentration in the
center of Caracas this Thursday with the participation of representatives
from 27 different Latin American countries to support the continuation of
the Chavez government for the new constitutional term of 2013-2019.
From the early morning hours, tens of thousands of Chavez supporters
congregated in various areas of the capital city in yet another show of the
immense capacity for mobilization for which the Chavez government is well
A seemingly endless sea of red-clad supporters filled the streets
surrounding the presidential palace and the adjoining areas in a very
festive atmosphere, many holding posters of Chavez, and signs that read �I
am Chavez� and �Chavez is the heart of the people�, among others.
Vice President Nicol�s Maduro and other state officials arrived to the
rally in the early afternoon accompanied by Bolivian President Evo Morales,
Uruguayan President Jos� Mujica, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, as
well as several other diplomats and leaders from other Latin American and
One by one, the Latin American leaders addressed the concentration with
emotive speeches in support of the Chavez government and calls for
solidarity with the ailing president.
�Who said Hugo Chavez is absent? He is present here in the women, in the
farmers. Chavez is not only the patrimony of Venezuela, but of all Latin
America,� said former Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo.
Bolivian President Evo Morales stressed the importance of the Chavez
government for the unity among Latin American countries, and called for
more rallies in support of Chavez throughout the region.
�My friends, the situation of our brother Hugo Chavez is not only a concern
of the Venezuelan people, but of all those who are a part of this
struggle,� he said. �The best tribute and solidarity with Chavez is unity,
let�s keep unity between our countries.�
Several leaders of Caribbean and Central American countries also addressed
the rally with strong messages of solidarity and support for the Chavez
�We are fervently supporting Venezuela, and we are here to say to our
friend [Vice President] Maduro that although your leader is going through a
difficult time, you can count on Dominica as a reliable friend,� said the
President of Dominica Eliud Williams.
�Venezuela has converted itself into that guiding light for Latin America
that the Cuban Revolution was in the 1960s,� said Vice President of El
Salvador, Salvador S�nchez Cer�n.
Various foreign leaders expressed their amazement with the size of the
concentration, and the Chavez government�s great capacity for mobilization.
�I want to say that this gathering of Chavez supporters is really enviable,
this capacity for mobilization that you have,� said Evo Morales.
�This is the largest concentration of people that I have ever addressed in
my life,� said the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph
The rally was broadcast on live television across the country, including
the mandatory broadcast of the leaders� speeches on the private news
channels that were ignoring the event.
The unanimous support for the Chavez government among the region�s leaders
seemed to further solidify the government�s victory in the recent feud over
On Wednesday, Venezuela�s Supreme Court ruled against the opposition�s
interpretation of the constitution, and assured that the January 10th
was not necessary for the Chavez government to continue in power for the
constitutional period of 2013-2019.
Opposition leaders, however, have criticized the decision, calling it a
�coup� and claiming the continuation of the Chavez government is illegal.
Vice President Nicol�s Maduro ended the rally with a passionate speech
reminiscent of those given by President Hugo Chavez at these types of
events, and accused the opposition of trying to manipulate events in the
�They are trying to manipulate and opportunistically take advantage of the
circumstances of Chavez�s situation in order to destabilize the country,�
�Yet however they come after us, we always beat them. Here we are ready to
continue with this revolution. Make no mistake, here the people have
demonstrated their strength,� he said.
*Venezuelanalysis.com has publish an image set of the rally
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