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posted 8 Feb 2013, 01:55 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 8 Feb 2013, 02:00 ]
On the twenty first 21st Anniversary of the February 4th Revolution of Venezuela, Movement for Social Justice together with the Bolivarian Venezuelan Solidarity Movement, Trinidad and Tobago Friends of Cuba and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FITUN) hosted a commemorative event at the Simon Bolivar Auditorium at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Monday 4th February 2013.

In attendance were the Solidarity Movement and the Labour Movement, including representatives of the National Workers Union, as was the Cuban Ambassador, Humberto Rivero Rosario.

There was a short documentary on the revolution by Telesur and Coromoto Godoy, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, addressed the gathering.

This website is pleased to reproduce remarks made by Burton Sankeralli, Chairman of the Bolivarian Venezuelan Solidarity Movement of Trinidad and Tobago (here). Also reproduced below are the remarks made by the Venezuelan Ambassador.

“Good afternoon colleagues and compatriots of this great, beautiful, Latin American and Caribbean Country. I
would like to begin by expressing on behalf of the staff of this Embassy our gratitude for the demonstration of solidarity in celebration of the twenty-first anniversary of that glorious 4th February 1992; being expressed this evening in this auditorium named after the Father of the Nation, Simon Bolivar. Today Venezuelans celebrate the national day of dignity.

Special thanks to comrade David Abdullah, political leader of the Movement for Social Justice, for organizing this event with the valuable support of the Bolivarian Solidarity Movement of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago Friends of Cuba and FITUN (Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGO’s). Thanks to all who have brought a message of solidarity and trust with the Bolivarian Revolution and its leader our beloved President Hugo Chavez Frias.

Although it could be said that the 4th of February did not achieve its immediate purpose of taking power, it exposed the contradictions with which our country was ruled and gave us, as a nation, a strategic objective in politics: the new democracy, negating the validity of the approaches used by political parties in Venezuela that existed then.

For the then 4th of February 1992 the treacherous government policy of Carlos Andres Perez had reached its lowest and most distasteful point. The country was subject to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and was kneeling before the empire. Political parties were dedicated exclusively to plunder and social mockery; the dignity of the Venezuelan people was held hostage and the guarantee of human rights was absent.

The Patriotic Civic Military Rebellion of 1992, in which approximately two thousand three hundred (2,300) young soldiers were led by Hugo Chavez, inspired by the deep thought and emancipation of Simon Bolivar, to raise the awareness of the people marked the beginning of the XXI (21st ) century in Venezuelan history. On that day Bolivar returned to stay.

At that time, the then Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chávez told the television cameras: "Unfortunately, for now, the objectives we set ourselves were not achieved in the capital city (...) there will come new opportunities and the country must definitely chart the course to a better destiny." That destiny has been demonstrated over these 14 years of Bolivarian Revolution with the sustained effort made by the government as expressed through the people, amid the struggles that are the inevitable ingredient of revolutionary social change, as we have seen in this documentary by Telesur.

The president commander said "Let's put all our flags, our songs, all our emotions together, then the battle will be as beautiful as it is long"

Long live Chavez!

Long live the February 4th Patriots!

Viviremos y Venceremos!”