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
Why did Gerardo come to Caracas? One day he took the decision, handed the car keys to his father, gave him his share of the cloth business they both owned in San Cristóbal and kissed his wife and two sons goodbye. "He told us he was going to continue fighting for Venezuela," the wife says. That was in mid-2013. He has been imprisoned since May 8, 2014.