Minister Villegas: President Chávez is aware of his situation
Information and Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas, in an interview with Union Radio, said the new Venezuelan Government began with President Hugo Chávez. "We are not starting it without him; we are with him"
The minister added that on January 10, a presidential term began "with the President of the Republic. We are not starting it without him. We are with him." Further, he warned that although the Head of State is not in Venezuela, he still rules. He said this is the same case of US President Barack Obama. "Sometimes he (Obama) has not been in the United States and he has continued to be in office. When a president is asleep, he is still the president. We cannot fall into the trap of thinking that Venezuela does not have a president."
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.