20 de febrero de 2020
Hispanic World

Chavistas march in Caracas, opposition fails to hold legislative session

Caracas, Jan 23 (efe-epa).- Supporters of Chavism on Thursday marched in Caracas to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the fall of the Marcos Perez Jimenez dictatorship, showing the muscle of the Nicolas Maduro government and its backers, while members of the Venezuelan opposition failed to hold a scheduled parliamentary session.

Caracas, Jan 23 (efe-epa).- Supporters of Chavism on Thursday marched in Caracas to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the fall of the Marcos Perez Jimenez dictatorship, showing the muscle of the Nicolas Maduro government and its backers, while members of the Venezuelan opposition failed to hold a scheduled parliamentary session.

The Chavistas marched a little more than three kilometers (about two miles) in western Caracas to Miraflores Palace, the presidential residence, and expressed their support for Maduro.

"Today we're here in support of the Bolivarian Revolution," Luis Fernando Guerrero, one of the Chavistas, told EFE during the march.

The 51-year-old Caracas resident was one of hundreds of workers for the state-run Bolipuertos corporation who left their offices to back Maduro on the streets and stage the march "against imperialism."

But they also commemorated the fact that on Jan. 23, 1958, Venezuelans demanded their democratic "ideals" by staging a civil-military uprising that toppled the de facto government of Perez Jimenez, who is infamously remembered for his human rights violations.

"Jan. 23 is a day of demands, where the people ... turned out to defend all their guarantees," Guerrero added.

At Miraflores, Maduro received the marchers and said that the opposition can only "celebrate ... the absolute failure (today)" of the interim government proclaimed a year ago by opposition leader Juan Guaido, the president of the National Assembly, whom almost 60 countries around the world have recognized as Venezuela's legitimate president.

"A year ago a tragedy began," said Maduro before thousands of supporters. "They intended to impose a coup d'etat on our people ... The only thing they can celebrate is the absolute failure of their coupist adventure backed by the United States," he added.

In addition, he said he hoped that the Venezuelan judiciary is "following all the calls for sanctions and interventions" he said Guaido has been making on his trip to Colombia and Europe and that the appropriate "decisions" will be made as a result.

Maduro also noted that there will be parliamentary elections this year and he reiterated his invitation to the United Nations to appoint a mission to monitor the vote.

"Venezuela wants the UN to name election monitors," he said, extending the same invitation to the governments of Mexico, Argentina and Panama, as well as to the European Union.

At the beginning of this week, the opposition united under Guaido announced more than 100 demonstrations around the country and a special parliamentary session to commemorate the fall of the Perez Jimenez dictatorship.

However, by 3 pm there had been no reports of opposition marches, not even in east Caracas, which is a bastion of anti-Maduro forces.

No parliamentary session had been held either.

"They hindered the ... (opposition) activities using the terrorist collectives, using the (police special forces or FAES), which is a kind of Praetorian Guard for the dictator Maduro," Juan Pablo Guanipa, the first vice president of the parliament the opposition recognizes, told reporters.

EFE verified that there was a heavy national police presence and several dozen motorists supporting Maduro on hand in the El Paraiso district of Caracas, where opposition lawmakers were to have held their session.

Human rights organization consider members of the so-called "collectives" to be paramilitaries.

"Terrorism has inserted itself into the Venezuelan State," Guanipa added before stating that groups like Hezbollah and Al Qaeda "are in some direct way linked with Nicolas Maduro and his dictatorship."

Guanipa also said that Guaido would return to Venezuela "in the next few days" to resume "his duties" at the head of parliament.

Meanwhile, Guaido will be in Madrid on Saturday and - although Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is not scheduled to meet with him - he insisted on framing the visit "positively" and on emphasizing the good relations he has with Spain

Guaido is continuing his European tour and spent Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he held numerous meetings with political and economic leaders from around the world, whom he asked to keep up the pressure on his country via sanctions and halting the illegal commerce in gold, which he said is helping finance the Maduro government.

At a press conference, Guaido downplayed the fact that Sanchez will not meet with him, opting to pass that task to Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya.

"We have the best relations with Spain. We have already agreed to meet with Pedro Sanchez, if we don't receive him at Miraflores to strengthen those relations," Guaido said.

He confirmed his meetings with other European leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as with Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, along with the Greek premier, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Guaido will travel on Friday to France and then on to Madrid.

"The aim, specifically, is to achieve a European pressure agenda to overcome the tragedy, seek the necessary support from the region and try to contain the humanitarian emergency," he said.

Guaido also played down the remarks about him made by the leader of Spain's Podemos party and current prime minister in Sanchez's government, Pablo Iglesias.

Although Spain last year recognized Guaido as acting president of Venezuela, Iglesias on Thursday called him merely a "leader of the opposition" and said that, as such, the foreign minister should receive him in Madrid and not Sanchez.

"That's the opinion of a politician," said Guaido, who preferred to focus on emphasizing his good relationship with Spain.

Histórico de noticias
Brazil's Carnival continues with marked feminist accent

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 16 (efe-epa).- Brazil's nationwide Carnival celebration continued on Sunday with a marked feminist accent emphasized by a band that drew...

Dominican municipal elections suspended due to technical problems

Santo Domingo, Feb 16 (EFE).- The Dominican Republic's Central Election Board (JCE) on Sunday suspended the nationwide municipal elections after multiple...

Trump kicks off Daytona 500 in Florida, but rain delays the race

Miami, Feb 16 (efe-epa)- President Donald Trump kicked off the Daytona 500 under initially sunny skies at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida on...

Samsung presents Galaxy Z Flip, first foldable smartphone

San Francisco, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- South Korean multinational Samsung on Tuesday presented its new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip, this model with a...

U2's Bono, UN denounce educational disadvantage for girls around world

United Nations, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Singer Bono and the United Nations on Tuesday denounced the "dramatic disadvantage" in education being suffered by female...

Guaido beaten by mob upon landing in Caracas

Caracas, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized as Venezuela's legitimate interim president by more than 50 nations, on Tuesday was...

Fed's Powell warns of economic risks of coronavirus amid Trump's attacks

By Alfonso Fernandez

Final Iowa caucus recount gives Buttigieg delegate win

Washington, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Almost a week after the Iowa caucuses, the Democratic Party announced Sunday that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete...

Hundreds of wizards-for-a-day celebrate "Harry Potter" saga in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of fans left their "muggle" (non-magical) life to one side on Thursday to attend "Harry Potter Book Night" in...

Weinstein defense calls its first witnesses

New York, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- The defense team of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is on trial in New York for rape, on Thursday called its...

Trump holds White House celebration to revel in Senate acquittal

Washington, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Thursday organized a "celebration" at the White House to hail his acquittal in his impeachment trial...

Zona MACO art fair starts in Mexico with new plan to hike attendance

By Ines Amarelo

Trump acquitted in near party line Senate vote on impeachment charges

Washington, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump was acquitted on Wednesday in a vote by the Republican-controlled Senate on the two impeachment charges...

US threatens Reliance, Repsol, Chevron, Rosneft with sanctions over Venezuela

Washington, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- The United States on Wednesday threatened to impose sanctions on US petroleum firm Chevron, Spain's Repsol and India's...

US trade deficit declines for 1st time in 6 years amid trade tensions

By Alfonso Fernandez

Almost 1,000 police murdered in Mexico in the past 2 years

Mexico City, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- From 2018 up through January 2020, at least 953 police officers were murdered in Mexico, a reflection of the wave of violence...

Puerto Rico's Adriana Diaz among world's top 20 in ping pong

San Juan, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- In a sport where Asians reign supreme, for the first time in her short yet successful table tennis career Puerto Rico's Adriana...

Trump to address split Congress, Senate on verge of acquitting him at trial

By Lucia Leal

Iowa, between Biden's moderation and Bernie's revolution

By Beatriz Pascual Macias

Alphabet beats on earnings per share, misses on revenue

San Francisco, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Internet giant Alphabet, the parent company of Google, released yearly and quarterly results on Monday, showing net profits...

Newton, Iowa: Between the pain of de-industrialization and the elections

By Beatriz Pascual Macias

Groundhog Day celebrations take place in US

Washington, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous weather-predicting animal in the world, emerged from his burrow in the same-named town in...

Amazon shares skyrocket after earnings beat

By Marc Arcas

Innovative pay methods to be showcased at Super Bowl

Miami, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Multinational technology giant Visa will have more than 800 contactless payment points in the stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida,...