The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Commemoration of April 13th, 2012 in Venezuela

The Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela H.E. Prof.  Antonio Montilla-Saldivia, Jaennet Franchi and Elizabeth Araujo-Diaz of the Embassy of Venezuela in South Africa place a floral offering at the bust of Simon Bolivar on the grounds of the Pretoria Art Museum on 13 April 2012

 

April 13th 2002, is a memorable date added to the momentous historical anniversaries of Venezuela. On this day a significant victory was accomplished, a victory forged through the triad: the people, leader and the armed forces of Venezuela. The unity of the three was a decisive factor in defeating the Coup d’ état of April 11th 2002, conducted by opposing national and foreign sectors, opposed to the exercise of our full sovereignty and opposed to an inclusive, participatory democracy committed with the principle of solidarity with the people of Latin America, the Caribbean and of the world.

On that very important day, April 13th, the streets of Caracas and all main cities of Venezuela, were filled with people clamouring for the return of President Chávez, who had been kidnapped and whose life was seriously threatened after being elected by a large majority of voters in a transparent, free and fair election process held on December 6th 1998.

There was a hidden agenda to overthrow the President and end Venezuelan institutionality, made up by the Constitution of 1999, the National Assembly and Public Powers.  This plan had the support of prominent military officers, senior members of Venezuelan Churches, and organized national businessmen from the Business Chambers as well as some defectors from left movements that joined the attempt which had the support of foreign governments such as José María Aznar in Spain and George W. Bush in the United States of America, acting via the American military mission in Caracas.

It has been ten years to the day of the unfolding of the script aimed to destabilize an unquestionably democratic government in Latin America and the Caribbean. A government that chose the difficult path of Socialism to embark on the struggle against poverty and the exclusion of our people, which testifies to the social character of the transformational process, led by President Hugo Chávez.

Very difficult obstacles have been encountered on our road to growth and development within social justice. We must strengthen our efforts in order to avoid a repeat of the script of April 11th – the day the 2002 coup d’ état attempt began – it all depends on the unity and power of the above mentioned triad: people, leader and armed forces. A triad that, as we have said before, was crucial not only in the rescue of President Chávez on April 13th but also of the Venezuelan institutionality.

 

Venezuela calls for a democratic opposition, that shows respect for the Constitution and committed to abide by the political and electoral decisions emanating from the sovereign Venezuelan people, in the same manner as the government of President Chávez.

History has always been a great source of learning. The events of April 13th will never be repeated again. It should remain in our political-historical collective memory.

Prof. Antonio Montilla
Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

August 2017 Edition

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Doing Business in Sri Lanka The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Pretoria in partnership with the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) organized a trade and investment promotion... <|> Daesh defeated Daesh, the extremist group that occupied the city of Mosul in Iraq has been defeated, said Ambassador Dr Saad Jawad Kindeel of Iraq to South Africa at a press conference held at the... <|> 65th National Day of the Arab Republic of Egypt 4 August 2017 H.E. Ambassador Sherif Issa and Madame Dina Zeidan hosted a reception on the occasion of the 65th National Day of the Arab Republic of... <|> Vietnam Cuisine Week Ambassador Vu Van Dzung of Vietnam in South Africa hosted the opening of the Vietnam Cuisine Week at Saigon Restaurant in Rivonia, Johannesburg. The Embassy of Vietnam is... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> The story of Diamond Lakes and the legendary Pienaar’s Pothole The story of Diamond Lakes and the legendary Pienaar’s Pothole is what intrigued Dr Navin Naidoo to go into the world of Diamonds... <|> The United Nations stands with South Africa’s women 9 August 2017 Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa extends its warm wishes to the women of South Africa on the... <|> UAE Embassy Women's Day initiative The staff at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in South Africa visited the Youth for Survival shelter on Women's Day and donated goods. The donation included... <|> H.E. Ambassador-Designate Lin Songtian arrives in SA Speaking to the press upon his arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, Ambassador–Designate Lin Songtian said he is back in... <|> Independence Day of Bolivia 6 August 2017 Bolivia signed its declaration of independence on August 6, 1825 and marked the first Independence Day for Bolivia. On Sunday, the Bolivian community... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.