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!"
GOVERNMENT-OPPOSITION TALKS In an interview with Spanish newspaper El País, former Colombian president Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) reckoned that dialogue in Venezuela "is frozen, not broken," and highlighted that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro "is a man of dialogue and peace."