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 Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, met on Friday with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
HUMAN RIGHTS Pictures published on Thursday show the national coordinator of opposition Voluntad Popular party Leopoldo López and former mayor of San Cristóbal, Táchira state, Daniel Ceballos calling for their own release and that of all the political prisoners in Venezuela, pursuant to a ruling issued by the United Nations Organization last October 8.
LOPEZ'S CASE Tanzanian lawyer Roland Adjovi, one of the five members of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, noted that the resolution urging Venezuela to release opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Daniel Ceballos "is binding upon the government," and added that the authorities had to "observe the group's decision."