President Hugo Chávez said on Wednesday that his government
would launch a second offensive to get the approval of the
proposed changes to the Constitution, which were countered
by 50.73 percent of voters in the referendum held last Sunday,
"Watch out, US lovers, celebrate. You have no dignity anyhow. Where could you have it? I recommend you to administer your victory wisely, because we will launch a renewed offensive for the great constitutional reform," he said.
Chávez surprised the audience when he called the opposition's victory in the referendum on the changes to the constitution a sh… "You are already covering it with sh... It's a sh… victory and it's yours."
"You have a second offensive left for the constitutional reform. I cannot say that we did not make it," Chávez added and claimed that it was the best defeat he could have suffered.
"This is the ideal formula of defeat."
He noted that his government was prepared to "storm into" any media outlet or local government which could join an alleged plot by some opposition sectors.
Chávez referred himself to the remarks made by The White House spokespersons and US President George W. Bush about the failure of the government proposal during the voting.
"They say Chávez was blown away. Yes, but I moved not even a millimeter. Yes, I was blown away, but I am weaker not even a millimeter. Be worried, empire; be worried, unpatriotic oligarchy. Strike as many times as you want. But, beware! Do not provoke!"
LOPEZ CASE The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.