Massive concentration in Caracas February 4, 2023
Big march to celebrate Dignity Day in Venezuela
But what? What are they celebrating? Why?
It was a very colorful day with a lot of emotion, a day of reunion with the memories of Hugo Chávez that are intact in the feeling and love of the Venezuelan people; 31 years ago the eternal commander Hugo Chávez with a group of soldiers insurged, there was a civic-military rebellion at that time against the system, against the government that followed the guidelines of the United States, the guidelines of the international monetary fund, in fact this it has an antecedent and also a geopolitical context.
And it is that precisely three years earlier in 1989 before that February 4, 1992 there was a big popular rebellion against the neoliberal measures applied at that time by the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez that had a recipe…, increase gasoline , reduce state spending and this of course affected the Venezuelan population that demonstrated in the streets and the Armed Forces of that moment came out and massacred a town, more than three thousand people were murdered, mass graves had to be created that they are still there in the general cemetery of the south there in the capital Caracas.
That made this group of soldiers who had been organizing themselves in a clandestine movement for many years, analyzing what was happening in Latin America, which was touched at that time by the Monroe doctrine of “America for the Americans” where the United States promoted dictatorships and coups in several Latin American countries, and them took a step forward.
In 1992 they insurged, they rebelled against the system, the government of that moment, at that moment Hugo Chávez made himself known with those words “for now“, they were arrested, they served a two-year sentence and later they were pardoned and then began a career of this movement.
They came to power democratically, that is to say by vote, and in 1999 then Hugo Chávez won as president of Venezuela and since then the revolution has been in power in this country for two decades now, but during all that time they have state, many things happened and everything they are celebrating, they are remembering precisely from that moment, those events of 1992 that marked a before and after in the history of Venezuela, a before and after, which was also registered in 1999 with the election of Hugo Chávez and since then the revolution has been in power.
There are many events and victories to celebrate (but in order not to lengthen the text) I could specify and summarize it with the fact that the United States has never remained calm and since Chávez became president they have attempted coups, destabilization, only three years after taking office a coup against Commander Hugo Chávez and then came the oil strike, Chávez dies, Nicolás Maduro comes to power and in the ten years that he has been in power it can also be said that the escalation of aggression by the United States and now its allied countries did not stand still and it never ceased; criminal sanctions of the United States, the country is blocked, they have tried “all the cards that are on the table” as the former president of the United States Donald Trump said.
From an invasion attempt to assassination attempts and then later they recognized a non-existent government in 2019 until four years had elapsed, the Venezuelan people jokingly say that the Venezuelan opposition is so “arrecha” that they removed Guaidó from the government ..
But in the midst of all this, the resistance of the Venezuelan people has been there firmly enduring all this, especially in the midst of those attacks and those economic measures or those unilateral coercive measures by the United States.
So throughout that concentration of people, it is very symbolic of what that moment means, of what the footprint of Commander Hugo Chávez means, who said “without the people united with the Armed Forces, it will never be possible to advance in this country” and that military doctrine was changed then.
So what you see in that video are many memories of Commander Hugo Chávez because during the years he was alive, social policies were made and invested in, much of the population was lifted out of poverty, the country became fully literate, In other words, all of this was remembered by the people, by their followers, by the soldiers who accompanied the civilians to that concentration on the Paseo de los Próceres where Fort Tiuna is.
The most important military fort in the country, the academy where cadets are also trained, both from the army and the national guard and other components.
In the video we listen to President Nicolás Maduro review history and this context that I am commenting on and I want to tell you something, Venezuelans will continue to resist these unilateral coercive measures by the United States, this illegal blockade, because the people are aware, they are on their feet, they know what is happening and they are sure to follow the legacy of Commander Hugo Chávez.
It was a day to remember him, a day of resistance, a day to also ratify the support for President Nicolás Maduro both from the Armed Forces and from the civilian population that was in the streets that day.