VP Maduro: Chávez taken to the Caracas military hospital
Vice-President Nicolás Maduro said that Hugo Chávez landed at 2:30 am on Monday
Maduro said the Venezuelan president was taken to the Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital, southwest Caracas, where he will continue his post-operative treatment: "Chávez is an example of permanent battle."
"The greatest joy is right now in the heart of millions. This battle continues and the commander is here with the people," said Maduro, who thanked especially the president of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and the Cuban revolution leader, Fidel Castro, for having the best medical staff available to the president.
He said that in the next few hours, the first vice-president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Diosdado Cabello would convene a meeting to discuss the strategies of the revolutionary militancy.
"We have faith because President Chávez is back," said Maduro, adding that in the course of the a report on Chávez's health progress would be disclosed.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.