Venezuela's acting president Maduro pledges to finish crime
"I want to become, in the name of my commander Hugo Chávez, the president who heals Venezuela from violence," Venezuelan president in charge Nicolás Maduro remarked
Maduro admitted the existence of deficiencies in the health sector, and pledged he would tune up hospitals.
Unlike his mentor, Hugo Chávez, Maduro addressed for nearly two hours the issue of Venezuela's insecurity and stressed, "I want to become, in the name of my commander Hugo Chávez, the president who heals Venezuela from violence, crime, drugs..."
Maduro encouraged criminals to surrender their weapons in the weeks ahead amid the implementation of the Disarmament Plan "in all the slums, neighborhoods, and avenues of this land. There should be no weapons to kill or rob. This must end (...) we have been tasked to clean up society."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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.