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Huge March Defends Venezuela’s Democracy and Revol ution

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  • Cort Greene
    [image: Hands Off Venezuela]*Hands Off Venezuela* @*HOVcampaign* VIDEO: aerial view of the huge revolutionary march
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 23, 2013
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      VIDEO: aerial view of the huge revolutionary march todayhttp://www.
      youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bWG3Z8hMRNw �<http://t.co/VbqUnlki>
      via @*VTVcanal8* <https://twitter.com/VTVcanal8>

      1. 2h <https://twitter.com/HOVcampaign/status/294163768513024000>[image:
      Hands Off Venezuela]*Hands Off Venezuela*

      PIC Gallery of the January 23 Bolivarian marchhttp://www.
      avn.info.ve/galeria/152542 <http://t.co/71kyXARR> via
      *Expand* <https://twitter.com/HOVcampaign/status/294163768513024000>
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      3. 5h <https://twitter.com/HOVcampaign/status/294118300353433600>[image:
      Hands Off Venezuela]*Hands Off Venezuela*

      PIC GALLERY via @*ViVe_Television* <https://twitter.com/ViVe_Television>:
      (EN IM�GENES) As� marcha el pueblo de Venezuela este 23-E #*
      http://on.fb.me/XxLsT8 <http://t.co/aN9Py0Q9>

      [image: Hands Off Venezuela] <https://twitter.com/HOVcampaign>*Hands Off
      Venezuela* @*HOVcampaign* <https://twitter.com/HOVcampaign>

      VIDEO: @*VTVCanal8* <https://twitter.com/VTVcanal8> team beaten up at MUD
      ("democratic" opposition) meeting http://www.

      "it was opposition leader Antonio Ledezma bodyguards who attacked the
      team, camera man is in hospital"

      camera journalist beaten up while covering "democratic" opposition meeting
      - in hospital with head injuries


      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
      background (AVN).]

      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
      betrayed again�.

      *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
      their chest.

      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
      available here<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bWG3Z8hMRNw>

      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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