Chávez orders mandatory simultaneous broadcast to talk about 2002 coup
In a mandatory nationwide simultaneous radio and TV broadcast, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez expressed his opinions about the violent events occurred on April 11, 12 and 13, 2002: "The empire (the United States) and the bourgeoisie succeeded to build the perfect equation: the civilian-military union"
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez commemorated the 10th anniversary of the events of April 2002 that briefly ousted him from power. Chávez talked with a "group of friends" in a mandatory radio and TV simultaneous broadcast.
Chávez arrived at the Simón Bolívar International Airport at 10:25 p.m. on Wednesday from Havana, Cuba, where he underwent a third round of radiation therapy. He immediately went to the Miraflores Palace, the official seat of the Executive branch of government in Venezuela, to begin what he called a discussion group.
At 11:20 p.m., the Venezuelan president appeared on state-run TV network Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) and announced: "We are arriving to the (Palace of) Miraflores and we have a gathering of friends... We are going to order a mandatory simultaneous broadcast."
The order was carried out immediately and President Chávez began to talk with journalist and former Minister of Defense José Vicente Rangel and several members of his cabinet, including Vice President Elías Jaua, Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, Speaker of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello, Minister of Defense Henry Rangel Silva, Minister of Planning and Finance Jorge Giordani, Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Varela, Minister of Communication and Information Andrés Izarra, and governor of the state of Barinas (southwestern Venezuela) Adán Chávez.
During the talk, Chávez said that April 11, 2002 was a milestone in Venezuela's history. The Venezuelan Head of State added that the first plan of the opposition was to kill him. This hypothesis was supported by Rangel.
"This first plan failed because unarmed people came to (support me) at the Miraflores Palace," he stressed.
Chávez publicly recognized "those who gave their lives for this soldier."
According to the Venezuelan president, "on April 13 (2002), the empire (the United States) and the bourgeoisie succeeded to build the perfect equation: the civilian-military union."
Chávez finally urged the Venezuelan people to remain alert against any action carried out by the opposition ahead of the presidential election to be held on October 7.
Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."