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Huge March Defends Venezuela�s Democracy and Revolution
Jan 23rd 2013, by Tamara Pearson
[image: A very small part of the Caracas march, with the barrio in the
A very small part of the Caracas march, with the barrio in the background
[image: Vice-president Nicolas Maduro (in white), and national assembly
president Diosdado Cabello (next to him, in jacket with Venezuel]
Vice-president Nicolas Maduro (in white), and national assembly president
Diosdado Cabello (next to him, in jacket with Venezuelan flag), marching
today in the crowd (AVN).
[image: Opposition leader Leopold Lopez at their rally today (La Patilla).]
Opposition leader Leopold Lopez at their rally today (La Patilla).
[image: Another view of the opposition rally (AM Noticias 360)]
Another view of the opposition rally (AM Noticias 360)
Merida, January 23rd 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) � The vice-president and
ministers marched with up to a million people today to defend the
Bolivarian revolution on Democracy Day, while the opposition march turned
out to be a small rally. Further, sectors of the far right have called on
the armed forces to resist what they referred to as the �invasion� of
�Castro-communism� in Venezuela.
Today�s marches commemorate 23 January 1958, when a civic-military movement
overthrew the Marcos Jimenez dictatorship. However, this year the
opposition first called a march for the date, to reject what it has called
the �unconstitutional� measures taken by the national government, as
President Chavez wasn�t able to be present at his swearing-in ceremony on
10 January while he was recovering from an operation for cancer.
In response, the PSUV also convoked a large march, together with other
movements and organisations, with the slogan �The people will never be
*Marches for the Bolivarian Revolution in Caracas and around the country*
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Caracas today, leaving from
three main points, and marching to the barrio 23 de Enero.
Vice-president of the Socialist Bolivarian Workers� Central (CBST),
Francisco Torrealba, said his organisation mobilised 35,000 people for
today�s march, to express their �commitment to the Bolivarian revolution�,
and that contingent left from Libertador Avenue, while Venezuelan Communist
Party (PCV) and Grand Patriotic Pole (GPP) contingents left from La Bandera
station. The Bolivarian militia left from Propatria, with social missions
and other movements and political organisations also leaving from all three
Vice-president Nicolas Maduro marched among the giant crowd from Propatria,
waving to people around him and to people watching on from buildings. Other
ministers and well known PSUV leaders also took part in the march.
Hundreds of community radios and other movements also participated in a
�chain-marathon�, reporting on the march from all the main plazas of the
different states of the country.
At around 1pm, when some of the marches had arrived at 23 de Enero, a short
concert was held there, before historian Chela Vargas, journalist Jose
Vincent Rangel, and Maduro addressed the crowd. The people chanted
continuously, �We�re all Chavez!� (Todos somos Chavez). Many carried
placards saying the same thing, and some men even painted the slogan on
Journalist Jose Vincent Rangel in his speech declared, �We have to be clear
that 23 January is a symbol of a people who don�t give up�.
�With Chavez and Muduro the people are secure,� people chanted when it was
Maduro�s turn to speak.
Maduro emphasised the significance of a people who �woke-up� after being
tired of the �torture, disappearances, misery, lack of education,
unemployment, and a state that was called �democratic� but only had that
name because the Venezuelan bourgeoisie called it that�, during the period
following the overthrow of the dictatorship.
People who participated in the over-throwing of Jimenez were on the Caracas
stage today, and 3000 police were set up around Caracas to ensure the march
was peaceful and safe. Aerial footage of the Caracas march is
Revolutionary collectives also rallied yesterday in the 23 de Enero barrio
to help build today�s march. One placard read, �23 January 1958: The people
brought down a dictator. 40 years later: buried the 4thRepublic. 55 years
later: no pacts, no backing down�. In this case, the 4th republic refers to
the Punto Fijo Pact, where major right wing parties agreed to share power,
until Chavez was elected in 1998.
�This date [23 January] has two readings; the end of a dictatorship, and
also the betrayal of the right wing and the Pact of Punto Fijo,� said
William Gudino, of the National Network of Communes, to Ciudad CCS.
�The people shouldn�t forget ...this vision of combat which represents us,
and is also our reality,� Gudino said.
Other marches took place around the country as well. For the Andean city of
Merida, with a population of just 300,000, it was the second large march in
under a week. Around 4000 people marched on Friday to defend Cuba after
opposition students burned a Cuban flag and an effigy of Fidel Castro, and
a similar number also marched today.
For Hector Alejo Rodriguez, general secretary of the PCV youth, the aim of
today�s marches was to �remember the important role the youth played in
that battle 55 years ago to bring down the dictatorship�.
*Opposition rally and far-right destabilisation attempts*
Despite initially calling a march, the opposition backtracked today, and
held a small rally of around 6,000 people in sports courts of Miranda Park.
Speaking at the rally, the general secretary of the MUD opposition
coalition, Ramon Aveledo read a 12 point manifesto to �defend Venezuela in
a time of uncertainty� and said that should there be new presidential
elections, the opposition would choose its candidate by �consensus�.
Legislator Alfonso Marquina also announced the re-launching of the MUD,
which he said would consist in �re-planning and rationalising� the
Public media, AVN, denounced that one public television journalist, Carlos
Cachon, was removed from the rally and beaten up. Media activists reported
that he was taken to hospital with multiple injuries. Just before the
violence, Aveledo, who was still giving his speech, said �these people were
sent by the government�, indicating the public sector journalists and film
crew who had just entered the rally area.
PSUV leader Dario Vivas speculated that the opposition �don�t dare to
march, they have realised the people don�t follow them�.
Vivas also denounced yesterday that opposition legislators are spreading a
addressed to the armed forces, calling on them to not support the
The document, called �Manifesto to democratic Venezuelan society and the
National Armed Forces [sic- they are the Bolivarian Armed Forces]� opens
with a preamble saying the Venezuelan government has �violated the
constitution� on �repeated occasions� and that it is �subordinate� to the
�Castro-communist regime of Cuba�.
The document makes claims that �the Cubans have slowly and progressively
taken control of our...registers, system of identification, our foreign
policy, and important sectors of the national economy�. It also claims that
�Castro-communism� is responsible for manipulation of the electoral system
and that national finances, rather than resolving the country�s problems,
are being used to �finance the expansion of Castro-communism�.
It talks about Venezuela as a �colony of Cuba� and suggests that the armed
forces, �supported by all sectors of civil society� take steps forward and
impede the �dissolution of the fatherland�.
The letter is signed by around 120 people so far, including a range of far
right opposition legislators and leaders, including Maria Corina Machado.
Machado walked out of the recent annual review in the national assembly on
15 of January, and a few times has been proven to have set up violent
attacks against herself, in order to blame Chavez supporters.
Further today, the minister for justice and internal affairs, Nestor
Reverol, advised that ultra-right sectors of the opposition were planning
attacks on Maduro and on national assembly president Diosdado Cabello.
Reverol said state security organisations were alert and active in the case
of �terrorist actions against these comrades�.
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